Heritage Open Days – Tiverton Museum – From Lace to Space!

Follow the journey of Tiverton’s Heathcoat factory at Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life, from its revolutionary lace making beginnings, through wartime production of shell casings, parachutes and net for gas masks, to its state of the art work on NASA’s Mars 2020 mission.

See one of John Heathcoat’s ‘Bobbinet’ lace machines from the 19th century, alongside fascinating factory photos from our archives and enjoy an object handling session. Have a go at making and launching your own parachute and join us for parachute games in the yard!
Don’t forget to explore the rest of our extensive and quirky collection, including the fabulous Tivvy Bumper!

Categories: History and Experience Days


  • Accessible/Wheelchair Friendly
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Free Entry
  • Toilets

Venue: Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life

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