Object of the Month - December 2014
December’s Objects of the Month are the Christmas notices for the Amersham Town Band from 1892 and 1897. The band dates back to the 1840s and has always played an important role in the cultural life of the town.
The band was re-formed in 1890 as the “Amersham Temperance Brass Band” with local photographer George Ward as the band leader. In 1892, they dropped the “Temeperance” element, presumably in order to retain and attract new members!
The leaflets advertised the band’s performances throughout the town over the Christmas period, with an emphasis on the change of name and rules in 1892 and on fundraising for new uniforms in 1897. A varied programme of vocal and brass band music was played.
The band is still going strong today, continuing to play a Christmas concert. In February 2015 Caroline Perkins and Fred Harrison will be sharing the history of the band, as part of the museum’s Winter’s Tales series of talks.
The museum is also celebrating with Tudor Christmas openings on Sunday 7th and 14th December.