Marvellous Museums and Where to Find Them

One writer explores a range of unique museums across the UK worth visiting.

George Bell
24th May 2022

As a Computing student, the outside world is a place I’ve only heard legends about. But as the academic year finally draws to a close, I thought I might finally give it a try. And one of the best ways to get out and explore are museums! But which to go look at?

After looking around, I’ve found some of the most interesting museums within the UK which I may not have visited myself, but certainly look like a memorable experience for everyone…

Derwent Pencil Museum

Located in the birthplace of the world’s first lead pencil in 1564, the market town of Keswick in the Lake District, the Derwent Pencil Museum, looks to be an exhilarating day out for all the family. Okay maybe not, but it does certainly look interesting. Visitors enter the museum through a replica graphite mine which served as a source for the pencil industry over three centuries ago. Paying homage to the invention of the pencil, the museum offers a plethora of opportunities to look at the world's largest example of a pencil, art workshops (for kids and adults) and history lessons galore. They also have a gift shop full of drawing materials to take home.

I wonder if they sell any pens…

House of Marbles

If you finally recovered from the trauma of the infamous marble episode of Squid Game, this museum might just be the one for you. Located in Bovey Tracey, Devon, the House of marbles is a beautifully eclectic mix of pottery, glass and marbles as well as vintage games. Get the opportunity to view hypnotising marble runs, the fascinating process required to make these famous little glass balls (just don’t swallow any). And for those of you who have spent your entire lives yearning to see a fish marble worth £800, it is your lucky day…

The Fan Museum

I won’t lie, I’m a huge fan of this museum. Located in Greenwich, London and open since 1991, this is the only museum in the UK devoted exclusively to the history, culture and craft of the fan. Containing over 7,000 objects spanning over 1,000 years of fan artistry, this museum is located within two Georgian period townhouses. This is the perfect place for avid fan fans. Usually curating three fan-themed exhibitions a year through themes like classical history, fashion and ethnography, there will always be reasons to come back to this delightful place.

Let’s just hope it doesn’t completely blow.

The Museum of Childhood

Do you like toys? No, not that kind, get your mind out of the gutter. Classic toys from your, or your parents' childhood. If so, The Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh looks to be a great place to visit. With the intentions of evoking memories of days gone, hordes of memorabilia, antique toys and games, the museum poses a wonderful journey. There are tours of rare toys from different periods and the museum has five large galleries filled to the brim with dolls, toy vehicles, figurines, game consoles and much more.

As I leave my computer behind and step into the sunlight for the first time in years, I now know at least four places I need to go and visit. Do you?

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AUTHOR: George Bell
One half film addict, one part computer nerd. All parts Croc lover

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