What's new in the Carriage Museum

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Latest update 02.06.2014 15:35

Over the last few months we have been working hard to make sure you will have a great experience when you visit us. We've made some changes to how we present our information and added some new things for you to do.

Straight from the horse's mouth

Having listened to your feedback, we have now introduced some lovely sturdy oak information boards next to the carriages. The information has been updated too and the height is now more comfortable for reading. They fit well with the carriages and contain some fun snippets of information. We'll also be highlighting a ‘Carriage of the Month’, shining the spotlight on one of our 42 vehicles. We'll share with you what is so special about that carriage and, if possible, open the door so that you can have a look inside.

Getting hands on

In a corner of our new wing, you will find a table with lots of different carriage parts and carriage-driving paraphernalia. These are for you to pick up and examine a bit more closely. We know it is hard to just look at our carriages when actually you want to touch them and (even better) sit in them. Unfortunately our carriages would not last very long if everyone did this, so the handling items are there to help satisfy your cravings and give you a feel of the past. This display is still a work in progress, so keep an eye out for new developments.

Dressing the part

We think visiting museums should be an immersive experience, so we now have a dressing-up area upstairs. While you are practising your harnessing skills with Dandy the wooden pony, you can dress up as a stable boy, coachman or lady driver. When you are satisfied with your efforts you can have your picture taken whilst going for an imaginary ride. So far it has proven to be a very successful activity, and not only with little ones.

We look forward to welcoming you soon at the Carriage Museum. Why not leave us a comment card about your visit or send us your photos of driving Dandy? Visit our visitor surveys page to find out how to get in touch.