© Whittlesey Museum
- Whittlesey Museum is a local social history museum located on the ground floor of the early 19th century Town Hall in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, UK. The mission and purpose of Whittlesey Museum is to collect, care and interpret the natural and cultural heritage of Whittlesey and the surrounding area (Coates, Eastrea, Pondersbridge and Turves) for the benefit and enjoyment of students, local people and visitors. The museum was founded in 1976 and is an independent charitable trust. The museum collections include local archaeology and archives, costume and textiles, toys, coins, medals and local social and industrial history including the Whittlesea Straw Bear. Gallery displays are mounted in the former Caretaker’s Cottage and the area previously used to house the town’s horse-drawn fire engine. Outside in the museum’s courtyards there are displays about the local brick industry and railway whilst a forge with wheelwright's bench and agricultural machinery recalls other occupations which supported the local economy. The museum runs four main temporary exhibitions per year, supported by a range of events.