Ramsey Rural Museum

Informer January 2019

By Jeremy Mumford,
Secretary and Treasurer
Written 14 December 2018

As mentioned last month our closed season sees more work being undertaken than the summer season but of a different nature. We attempt to attack areas and jobs that are better completed when there are no visitors.
At present there is work going on the gable end of the small trades area, the stable block fire escape, the continued security project with more gates being built and erected, CCTV cameras being added to; we now have one in reception covering the Gift Shop. Windows are being painted (weather permitting) stone joints are being raked out and mortared.
In addition we are about to start preparing the ground for a better disabled parking area close to the courtyard gate.

Archives

The Museum has an important Archive collection that visitors can use freely. Covering the wider Ramsey district, it is contained in close to fifty folders kept in the Reception area. Source material for those interested in researching the people of the district includes relevant census transcripts (1841, 1881, 1891), business directories from 1830 to 1940 (Pigot’s, Robson’s, P.O., Kelly’s, etc.) the National Burial Index, parish records and monumental inscriptions, among others. For those researching local history and topography, there are illustrated research notes concerning the history of Ramsey and surrounding villages, its Abbey, before and after the Dissolution, churches, pubs, businesses, etc. A partial list of the Binders can be accessed on the Museum’s website under Archive Binders (http://ramseyruralmuseum.co.uk/archive/archive-binders/).
We are currently reorganising and updating the records concerning Ramsey’s topography, building on some excellent research undertaken twenty years ago. In particular we are trying to identify each building and house plot in the High Street, Great Whyte and Little Whyte and who occupied them. We are re-photographing the sites (adding to the record made in 1997-1998) and interviewing people who remember how they were used in the past. Such personal records are invaluable and if you can let us hear your memories we would be very grateful (please contact the Museum).
We would also like to push the occupancy record back to before 1920. Before that we can access the names of people who lived in these streets, and their occupations, through census data and business directories, but street numbers are rarely given. Can anyone help with ideas on how to close this gap?
We would also like to increase our pictorial/photographic record of Ramsey, so if you have any old photos of the town, especially pre-war ones, we would really appreciate hearing from you.

Learning and Outreach at RRM

During the 2018 season we have been extending and updating our range of activities for children and young people. The Nursery Rhyme Trail has been packed away and the replica brasses wrapped up for the winter. It’s the closed season now but we are out and about with outreach learning activities. We are taking an Early Years Treasure Chest into nurseries, pre-schools and early year’s settings as part of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Talking Together in Cambridgeshire Initiative. The treasure chest contains objects specifically chosen for children to touch and examine at close quarters. The experience will provide children with an early introduction to museums and encourage curiosity about the past.

2019 season opening

We will be opening our doors next year on Saturday, the 30th March, this will be a normal opening day from 2pm to 5pm. Make sure you note it in your diary’s.

Our schedule for the 2019 season is coming together. Here are the first few events of the year as a taster.
7th April – Ramsey Heritage Day
27th April – A Living History Event
19th May – The Ramsey Fen Fair

More will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.

Contacts
If you want to get in touch with the museum our phone is 01487 815715 and will be answered when we are there. This is Thursdays between 9am and 3.30pm during the closed season.
Please leave a message if there is no answer.

New email address are:

Ian Gaunt – curator@ramseyruralmuseum.co.uk
Jeremy Mumford – secretary@ramseyruralmuseum.co.uk
Steve Watson – conservation@ramseyruralmuseum.co.uk
Events – events@ramseyruralmuseum.co.uk
General – info@ramseyruralmuseum.co.uk