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Breadboard tour

If you have seen the Cole bread-platter at the V&A (British Galleries, 4th floor) and wish to continue your bb-fest, Moovit recommends the District Line, direction Wimbledon, to Putney Bridge and a 15 minute walk.

If there’s time, a detour around Fulham Palace and Bishop’s Park is lovely, with river views and various play spaces.

Alan Fuller, Estate Agent

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Posted Jan 2018

Introducing the only museum in the world dedicated to antique breadboards!

Rosslyn, a long-standing Putney resident, collected them over the years. Her daughter displayed the collection safely and attractively in Rosslyn’s front room for her to enjoy as the Alzheimer’s gradually worsened. Having recently passed away, the micro-museum is open to the public for tours and cream teas. “Guests just love the warm woody atmosphere and the ornate Victorian carving.” says Madeleine, her daughter.

Breadboards are symbolic of hearth and home, caring and sharing, God and his daily bread. Some were personal commissions, to celebrate weddings and birthdays, jubilees and harvest. Others were mass produced as the price of bread came down and the populace could afford a board to put it on.

The carvers and workshops were mostly unknown, so this museum hopes to celebrate their great skills and creativity.

Some items for sale.

Visits by appointment only, £20 per guest including generous cream tea. Maximum 5 guests per tour. To book go to:

Want to stay longer? You can book a night in the Museum! Yes you can stay in a single room

Antique Breadboard Museum
17 Lifford Street,
Putney SW15 1NY.
Call Madeleine on 020 8785 2464

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Bring friends and family along for a private viewing of this micromuseum, seating up to 5 guests. Tours are conducted by the resident curator, daughter of the collector, in the front room of her own home. All exhibits can be handled and one board is chosen by the party to present the scones for tea, included in the price. Pass a joyful afternoon learning about the history of breadboards, their woods, materials and motifs. Contribute your own reminiscences to the social history section of our blog and bring your own to show. Wheelchair-accessible, heated Victorian privy, toddlers and small dogs all welcome. Hosting birthday parties, Mother’s Day teas, Valentine’s Day treats and reunions in this cosy haven, dripping with Victorian artistry. Visit our blog for more information : or telephone 020 8785 2464 to discuss other dates. We look forward to hearing from you!

Minji, Conversation with China

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A steep learning curve but very worthwhile, as Minji welcomed me to her online chat forum introducing food culture around the world. We downloaded the software, rehearsed the questions and had some interest from the audience! Thank you so much Minji.


The Londonist

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Things To Do This Week In London: 14-20 May 2018

BREADBOARD MUSEUM: Here’s a niche museum experience if ever we did see one. Putney local Madeleine Neave runs The Antique Breadboard Museum out of her own reception room, and invites you to take a look at her collection while enjoying an English Cream Tea — served off your favourite breadboard, no less. The Antique Breadboard Museum (Putney), £20, book ahead, 2.30pm-4.30pm


Jason Rosam, BBC Radio London

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Jason, who set up Wandsworth Radio, asking a battery of questions about our quirky collection as part of his ‘weird and wonderful collections’ section ! He has a collection of royal commemorative ware and was asking all his guests what they collected.

Thank you Jason!

Simon Lederman

Jason Rosam sits in. Live updates, reviewing the day’s events and getting your reaction. …

Daniel, The Heritage Crafts Association – Feb 2018

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Breadboard Museum needs carvers

The delightful Antique Breadboard Museum is looking for artists who work in wood to visit their museum, get inspired and join their list of carvers for commissions. They also have an exhibition in May in Putney, London, and are looking for demonstrators. You can get in touch through their website. They are a small, private museum where all the collection is accessible and can be handled. Their visitors can even eat off the pieces! Their website and wonderful collection is certainly worth a browse.

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Their Conference was an impressive line-up of presenters, all supporting the crafts in different ways. Emma Bridgewater explained how she had revived part of the pottery industry in Stoke, and I thought what a brilliant thought if breadboard carving could be revived in Sheffield. The infrastructure is still all there and the skills.