The Schoolmaster’s House in 1984

Today we are featuring our museum building just before it was the museum.

In the 1950s it stopped being a home and in the 1960s it became part of Market Lavington School.

St Barnabas School opened in the early 1970s and the old house became derelict.

It was Peggy Gye’s vision that saw it become a museum – and it needed vision. Just look at the state it had got into.

Market lavington - the School House in 1984

Market Lavington – the School House in 1984

That was February 1984. But a team of workers transformed it. We see some of them here.

The team who conerted nthe School House into Market Lavington Museum

The team who converted the School House into Market Lavington Museum

There’s a strange bit of ghosting on that picture.

It would be good to know who these people were who did so much work converting the old wreck into our lovely museum.

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2 Responses to “The Schoolmaster’s House in 1984”

  1. Jacqui Ramsay Says:

    Dear Rog,

    How are you? I don’t know what weather Market Lavington is experiencing right now, but Corsham feels downright cold and grey. Another lovely summer..

    I ‘m responsible for next weeks blog for the History Centre, and I wondered if you would like to help me. I was thinking of doing a blog about a blog – yours hopefully! You have been so prolific in output, and covered so many interesting topics that I would like to highlight this – I always try and market Wiltshire’s museums when it’s my turn. Would you be willing to be a star? I thought I’d write a few lines about the museum and then feature one or more of your blogs. Perhaps you might choose which ones you think would be of most interest.

    Let me know what you think. I’m working at the History Centre tomorrow and Thursday.

    Best wishes,



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