Interactive Floorplan - Ground floor
Amersham bus garage model
This model was made by local man Mark Adlington. The bus garage was extensive, with space for 54 buses. It was partially destroyed when Tesco petrol station was built at the bottom of Gore Hill. Part remains today as B & M Motors.
The museum’s two long-case clocks were made in Amersham by the Rogers family in the 18th century.
London Transport Amersham sign
This sign was found hanging in a barn in Wiltshire. The owner had saved it from destruction when the signs were redesigned (with small modifications) in 1990.
Goya manufactured toiletries in the old Weller brewery buildings on Church Street from 1946 to 1985.
George Ward photographs
George Ward’s photographs of Amersham and the surrounding area, taken between 1880 and 1930, are the most significant collection of photographs in the museum’s collection.
London Transport posters
The museum was recently given two posters by the London Transport Museum. This poster, Away by Metropolitan, was designed by artist Graham Sutherland and published in 1936.
The touchscreen computer provides access to the museum’s substantial collection of photographs. Copies of photographs can be ordered for a small fee.
The museum sells a selection of local history books.
The touchscreen has a selection of oral history clips, films and music and access to the amershamhistory.info Web site.
G. Brazil & Co. and Bowyers
Where the supermarket now stands, there was a meat processing factory owned by G. Brazil and Company. Local residents remember pigs being herded down the hill along Station Road during the time of WW2. G. Brazil and Co. merged with Bowyers in 1970. Bowyers continued to make sausages and award-winning black pudding until the 1980s.
Making leather boots and shoes is a skilled job which requires many pieces of leather to be measured, cut and sewn precisely, to be sure that there is a good fit. The local shoemaker who worked in Amersham used to use shoe stretchers to make little adjustments to the fit.
Ladies Dressing tools
At the turn of the century, ladies’ fashion utilised some tools which we still use today, but there are others which have not stood the test of time. In this case you can see many items used for dressing, like this curling tong and this glove stretcher.
Amersham was once inhabited by Romans, and in archaeology there are traces of a villa – a large, wealthy household. Very fine tableware has been found in the area, including this brass bowl. Once a polished, shining piece of tableware, this bowl appears to have been well loved for a long time. It has been repaired with brass rivets, not an uncommon practice among Romans.