How the Tudors Celebrated Christmas

How the Tudors Celebrated Christmas

Some people may be aware that many of the Christmas traditions we know and love were invented by the Victorians. Whilst that is true of some, some traditions have a much longer history, and some have been lost to time.  In this blog find out what Christmas was like in...
The Paper Poppy: A Century of Remembrance

The Paper Poppy: A Century of Remembrance

A Century of The Poppy Appeal 100 years ago, the Royal British Legion (RBL) was founded to help veterans in post-war society to find homes, employment, financial security and provide emotional support.  As a way of raising money the RBL introduced the paper poppy and...
What was medieval combat like?

What was medieval combat like?

Ahead of hosting the Medieval Combat Society at our Medieval Combat Day on Sunday 17th October, we thought we’d take a look at exactly what medieval combat looked like. There were many wars throughout Europe in the medieval period, but probably the most famous...
G-Plan Furniture – A Potted History

G-Plan Furniture – A Potted History

How it all began G-Plan was developed in the 1950’s by E. Gomme Ltd., a long-established furniture company in High Wycombe. It’s arguably the most successful mass-produced furniture of the post-war period in this country. The company which became E. Gomme Ltd. was...
Featured Object: The Straw Splitter

Featured Object: The Straw Splitter

Straw splitters were used by women workers in the cottage industry of straw plaiting during the Tudor and Stuart times. The plaited straws would be sold to Luton, where they would be turned into straw hats. The invention of the straw splitter meant that local women...
Wycombe Windrush Day 2021

Wycombe Windrush Day 2021

Windrush Day marks the anniversary of the arrival of MV Empire Windrush at the Port of Tilbury on 22 June 1948. The arrival of the Empire Windrush nearly 73 years ago marked a seminal moment in Britain’s history and has come to represent the rich diversity of...
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