Peer into the past with gems of intrigue at a new museum set to open in the Fens this year

Trevor Cass and Rosie Hourihane are setting up a museum of technology at Throckennholt. Trevor and Rosie holding a WW1 grave marker. Picture: Steve Williams. Trevor Cass and Rosie Hourihane are setting up a museum of technology at Throckennholt. Trevor and Rosie holding a WW1 grave marker. Picture: Steve Williams.

Friday, April 18, 2014
6:58 PM

People will be invited to peep into the past when a museum of allsorts celebrating the electrical revolution is opened in a tiny village in the Fens.

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Trevor Cass and Rosie Hourihane are setting up a museum of technology at Throckennholt. Trevor and Rosie holding a WW1 grave marker. Picture: Steve Williams.Trevor Cass and Rosie Hourihane are setting up a museum of technology at Throckennholt. Trevor and Rosie holding a WW1 grave marker. Picture: Steve Williams.

Gramophones, the first computers from the 80s, old typewriters and technology from First World warfare are among the gems that will be on display when the museum opens its doors later this year.

The Museum of Technology The Great War & WW11 was an established tourist highlight for 15 years when the trustees previously ran it from their business base in Hemel Hempsted.

Since retiring to the hamlet of Throckenholt, near Parson Drove, owners have spent three years getting planning permission and building a brand new barn home for their impressive collection of historical intrigue.

Trustee Rosie Hourihane said: “The collection stems from about 1830 to 1980 and covers the eclectic mix of technology that has sprung up in that time, it is a bit of an liquorice all sorts of goodies.

“Some were bought at antique fairs, auctions, some have been donated. We have lots of World War 1 memorabilia which is brilliant for local school projects at the moment.”

The museum started off as a hobby but turned into “a bit of an obsession” and 15 years ago the couple opened the museum which became well known in the Hemel area.

They hope it will prove as popular in the Fens.

She and partner Trevor Cass, an electronics engineer, are now appealing for local skilled crafts people for help in putting the final pieces in place to enable the museum to open in time for the Autumn season.

They need carpenters to help make cabinets, skilled painters and anyone else prepared to labour or help out.

“We are going for accreditation review which is carried out every four years by the Arts Council. We hope it is all in place so we can open by October,” Ms Hourihane said.

Visit their website at www.museumoftechnology.org.uk or check out their Facebook page.

Anyone interested in offering help call 01945-700772.

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