What can the Museum and Abbey tell ? We aim to tell the story of rural life in the county in the past. Discover what village life was like in 20th Century Cambridgeshire. Find out about farming and visit the farmworkers’ cottage. Explore the fascinating building of the abbey and learn about the lives of monks and nuns who lived there. Enjoy the surroundings and wildlife of Denny.
Come along and be part of a fantastic team of volunteers. Express your talents and make a difference in this small local independent museum. Continue the Haddenham story (click here to know more) of friendship and solidarity. Make this place yours and be proud of what could be achieved.
The Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey can offer a wide range of volunteering roles. These include engaging visitors in historic areas, delivering family learning activities, assisting the Education Officer during school visits, working in the workshop to restore a Ferguson Tractor or gardening in the allotment and much more. We are always looking for more enthusiastic volunteers to join the team. Our recruitment procedure consists of the following steps: Step 1 – Send a request for an application form Step 2- Send back the form Step 2 – Attend an informal interview Step 4 – Criminal Record Check (if applicable) Step 5 – Arrange Start Date
During the Seventies many fenland people were interviewed, particularly those who had connections with farming. A near neighbour, Prof. Doctor Margaret Spufford was very keen to make sure the collection was "used", and arranged for the Haddenham Museum to be chosen for a grant from the Queen's Silver Jubilee Trust. The grant enabled listening posts to be installed and were used until the museum closed in 1992. Since then the tapes have been stored and rarely listened to. A chance comment during an interview on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, just before Christmas 2015, changed that. Gerald McMullon, a volunteer from Chatteris, helped digitise the ageing compact cassette tapes. Thus much of the collection is available via the Internet. Doctor Spufford's wish that the speech of local people will survive in spite of radio, TV and the media became a reality.
We call the collection FARMLAND VOICES. Please visit and listen, click HERE
APPRECIATION: I would like to thank everyone who helped to make the Haddenham Museum Sound Archives (both interviewers and interviewees) in the Seventies and Eighties. They all gave many hours of that precious commodity, TIME. Extracts have been used over the years but now, thanks to the efforts of Gerald McMullon, these reminiscences of life in Cambridgeshire are available on the Internet. Thank you sincerely, one and all.
At the back of Walnut Tree cottage there is a garden in the cottage garden tradition. Have a look at the beautiful flowers over the seasons. The cottage garden includes many flowers attractive to insects, particularly bees, such as foxgloves, lavender, hollyhocks, poppies, herbs such as fennel, comfrey, rosemary, and dye plants including woad. That would have been very familiar to the monks and nuns who once lived at Denny.
A garden seat will be in place in 2017 for you to sit and enjoy the plants and wildlife.
We encourage wildlife around the site by planting trees, shrubs, herbs and flowers, which attract butterflies, moths, flies and other insects. Birds and bats feed on insects in turn. Cultivated and native wild plants are used, to guarantee a longer growing season for insects to feed. In the education area a 'bug bed' is being developed to attract insects throughout the year, and a crab apple tree will be planted to encourage birds with its fruit, and provide a framework for bird feeders. There will soon be a log pile and bug hotel for overwintering insects, invertebrates and small animals. A bird box has been fixed above the log pile site, where grasses will be left to grow uncut for insect larvae and caterpillars. There is a fenced off area behind the Stone Barn full of nettles which are essential for the caterpillars of some of our favourite butterflies, Peacock, Red Admiral, and Tortoiseshell. The pond provides a home for insects such as water boatman, water beetles, dragonfly larvae, and pond snails. The nature area contains native wild plants starting with native bluebells and cowslips in the spring, under a native oak tree. Later in the year oxeye daisy, cow parsley dominate the patch. A wild rose and honeysuckle are planted along the fence with purging blackthorn next to the wall.
We are looking for passionate gardeners to work alongside our current garden volunteer. There is much which could be achieved with your input! For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Butterfly count in Denny is planned for Sunday the 9th of July 2017, taking part in the National Garden butterfly Survey run by the charity Butterfly Conservation.
We hope to organise a bat observation evening in August 2017. More information soon. If you wish to be contacted about this please leave your details at email@example.com