Framley Museum is a community museum serving the Framley area, collecting relics from the local past to tell the story of the history of the people and places that make Framley what they are today. The museum was founded in 1882 when objects of local interest began to gather in the field where the museum now stands, due to the natural action of the wind and rain. In 1886, visionary Whoft philanthropist, Manimal MacCorkindale proposed building some walls around the objects, forming Framley's first museum. A door fitted in 1932 cemented the museum's popularity. Over the next sixty years, over fourteen thousand items and nearly two hundred visitors came through the museum's doors. Some were old, some were beautiful, some required a great deal of restoration, but all were welcomed to the Framley Museum Collection, as it came to be known. In 1991, the museum was offered a £50,000 grant by the government to "Close forever and never open again".
The Museum Cafe is a great place to take a break from history and eat a modern sandwich. Pre-packed snacks and hot meals are available, and there is a teapot, or biscuits depending on the day. If you would like to book your mid-museum snack in advance, do call our hotline on 01999 391055, remembering to have your name handy when prompted.
Although the entire collection of the Framley Museum was swept away by floodwaters in 1981, there's still plenty to see and enjoy, as long as your expectations aren't too high. There are stamps, bowls, stuffed animals and even an interactive diorama explaining the evolution of the mop. Our interactive exhibits are popular with children and buffoons. Children love pressing buttons, and several of our displays move when pushed. Please note that children's hands and clothes should be kept clear of the blades when the red light shows.
Daniel D. Dann, Curator