Let’s All Bimble by the Buxton Bear

Hello everybody, I hope you are all staying safe and well. Have you read the start of my adventures?

I did my clapping at 8pm last night for all those very special people called key workers. They are all working harder than ever at the moment. I clapped really loudly – and Father Gerry from the church next door was clapping too and we waved at each other and shouted hello.


This morning, I put my Superman pants on for Fancy Dress Friday with Joe. Oops, I forgot my paws, so I washed them well and dried them. I need to concentrate for the PE and I keep thinking about a silly joke the Roman Soldier told me. I know a good way to sort this out – I will jump up and down on the spot and wave my paws as hard as I can and that will Shake the Sillies out. Tell your grown ups about this, they can do it too.

Next, I went for a walk around town and to some woods. I saw a bit of frogspawn in a pond and heard some lovely birds singing – you hear lots more when there is no traffic. Sometimes at the Museum, we get deliveries wrapped in bubble wrap. That is useful stuff – you can put it on the floor and jump on it to make popping noises and you can get a piece and draw little comma shapes on the bubbles and use it in a picture of a wildlife pond.


I ended up walking up a steep hill. It is nice not to be rushing around and to walk slowly, have a nosy into peoples’ gardens, that sort of thing. I know a really good word for a walk like this – it is a bimble. It is a word that sounds good too – “I’m off for a bimble, like the Buxton Bear”.

So, I bimbled up the hill and saw a very interesting building. It had a colourful sign saying “Harpur Hill Primary School and Nursery”. Well well….I had a look round and saw a poster in rainbow colours saying “Learning for Life”. The grown ups there must be very kind, not just teaching maths and literacy but all sorts of other useful things. Have you found out anything useful for life today? It might be how to peel a potato, make your own bed or remember to say please and thank you.


I bimbled  back to the Museum but one thing made me a bit sad. I was going to have a drink of the lovely warm water from the well – do you know the one I mean, where the Lion’s mouth is? Sadly it is closed at the moment. Do you know how warn the water is and how long it takes from falling as a raindrop to coming out of the well?

Near my cave in the Museum, there are lots of old glass bottles that have Buxton Mineral Water written on them – come and have a look when we are open again, and do say hello to me, please.

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Long, long ago there used to be a lady called Martha Norton – she was known as “the Well Woman of Buxton”. Perhaps you would like to find out about her?

I am going to make a wildlife picture now. I will write again soon unless I get glue on my paws.

Take Good Care from the Buxton Bear

Bear Translation by Isobel Wharton


Mystery Object of the Week 2

Did you work out the purpose of Mystery Object of the week 1?

The next artefact is not only a puzzle to you, but to the museum staff ! Whilst Buxton Museum and Art Gallery was closed for refurbishment in 2016/17, we toured a pop-up museum, offering the public the opportunity to handle objects from the collection and venture a guess as to what they were. This object provoked some chin stroking / head scratching.

Unfortunately, when museums inherit collections, they don’t always get the documentation to go with it. The only fact we have on this oddity is that it’s from the Dorset coast, which is a big clue. Answer revealed next Friday (hopefully).


Answer to last week’s object: The chair was used by Derbyshire police to keep suspects in position for a photo fit, the wedge in the middle marking (somewhat uncomfortably) where your bottom should go. in the early days of photography, exposure was not instant and you were required to keep still for a few seconds. Dignity was obviously not a consideration.

Clay Cross Treasures – one volunteer’s quest through the archives

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It seems logical to have an introduction. I’m Phil, I’ve been volunteering now at the Record Office for 4 ½ years. Prior to this I had worked here for 2 ½ years and got very attached to the place! I couldn’t be got rid of that easily!

Over those 4 ½ years I have helped out by working mainly with first hand archive documents, which have ranged from First World War soldiers’ diaries, planning applications in Long Eaton, the Sheepbridge archive (which I have only half completed!) and the current ‘task’, which I seem to have been engaged on for many months… More of this in a minute. First some background…

I believe it was one of the archivists, who set me off on, what has for me, become something of an obsession! Becky first asked me whether I would be prepared to do it- it might take a while…

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The Buxton Bear gets a Surprise

Hello, everyone, this is the Buxton Bear from the museum writing to you.

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Well what a strange week it has been. I knew something wasn’t quite right here because it has been absolutely silent for days.

In the end, I put my Positive Pants on and did my PE with Joe, then I washed my hands and went for a look round the museum to investigate.


I started in the Boyd Dawkins study downstairs – well, to be honest, I had a few rides up a and down in the lift first! Then I washed my hands again because the handles are made from metal so in the end, I had to walk down the stairs after all. Silly Bear!

There were some very interesting old books in the cases. One was “Prehistoric Problems” which got me thinking: I wonder what problems they had all those years ago? Have a think about that one.


There was also “A Collection of Hieroglyphics “ and I am going to Google that, to see if I can write any words using hieroglyphics myself. In fact, I might write the word out a few times so that I can spell it correctly as well. Perhaps you might like to try?

The best bit – oh joy – was discovering that the Mermaid has gone on her holidays for a whole year. She has gone to the Natural History Museum in London – well good luck to them, I say. I mean she is alright in her case when visitors come, and very interesting,  but she gets out at night, you know, and rattles around the museum, talking non stop, mostly  rubbish, and frightening the Roman Soldier. I am going to tell him straight away, he will be happy.


I will say goodbye for now and I will write again soon. Please look after each other and keep washing your hands – grown ups are right about this, I promise.

Take good care from the Buxton Bear

Bear translation by Isobel Wharton

Mystery Object of the Week 1

Seeing as many of you are at home in self-isolation, we thought it would be fun to post a few of the more curious items from the museum collection to scratch your head at.

This first one is an old favourite. It is obviously a chair but one that has a specific purpose. See if you can guess correctly. We’ll give you a clue; it belongs to the Derbyshire Police Collection. We’ll post the answer at the bottom of next week’s puzzler.


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