BBC Online: Unusual museums

Catherine Lee gives us a wry write-up!

Board meeting

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Visitors are advised to dedicate between one and two hours to their museum trip

The Antique Breadboard Museum, based in the front room of founder Madeleine Neave’s house in Putney, London, claims to be the world’s first – and we suspect, only – such establishment.

Rapt visitors can feast their eyes on a “stunning collection of breadboards and bread knives, butter dishes, butter knives, cheeseboards and related items dating from the 1840s”.

In pride of place are several decorative and bespoke breadboards that were popular in Victorian times.

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One French visitor said she had “never realised breadboards could be so beautiful”, and presumably, round rather than baguette-shaped

Ms Neave says: “The concept of personalised breadboards with Bible quotes and uplifting morals has been forgotten. So we are looking at rediscovering and hopefully reviving a worthwhile aspect of English heritage.”

Although open for less than a year, she says the museum has already attracted “bakers, craftspeople, nostalgia hunters, eco-warriors… and those wanting brownie points when troublesome mothers-in-law visit”.

Because mothers-in-law just love breadboards.

Katt Adachi, MA student in Journalism



‘My colleague and I are doing a student radio feature at the University of Westminster about some of the smaller, niche museums in London. We were hoping to have a short interview with someone from the museum who could tell us a bit about what it’s like to be a special interest museum and about the collection.’

Katt and her fellow student Spencer (MA in Broadcast Multimedia Journalism) spent a riot of an afternoon (forget brief interview)  with guests Diane and Diana, recording the tour and tea proceedings.

Here is the fruit of their labours. They have passed with flying colours and the only criticism was that they didn’t treat the other museums with as much love!

Thank you so much Katt 🙂 Free cream teas all round and bring your mum!