Fascinating donation to the museum

Posted by Tenby Museum on Feb 12, 2020 Blog No Comments

Tenby Museum and Art Gallery’s research library was recently the recipient of a fascinating donation of a leather bound book of numerous sheet music, dating from the early part of the 20th century. The inner front free end paper of the book is signed by the previous owner, Ivy Ace of Tenby and there is a hand written index to the contents of the book.

Irene Jane (Ivy) Ace was the only daughter of George and Annie Ace of Tenby. George was a champion cyclist and the museum has his high wheeled penny farthing bicycle on show in its Story of Tenby Gallery. Ivy was born in 1892 and treated to a flight in Henri Salmet’s Bleriot monoplane for her 21st birthday during his UK tour to promote public interest in aviation. She was the first Tenby woman to take a flight. Ivy actively served during WWI in the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps as a Technical Administrator. After leaving the WAACs she became a student at the Midland Agricultural and Dairy College at Kingston-on-Soar.

The book had been handed in to Oxfam in Haverfordwest and John Rattenbury, who prices the books for the charity shop, spotted the Tenby connection. Along with his friend Patrick Jones they purchased the book from the shop and have kindly donated it to Tenby Museum and Art Gallery. The book will now form part of the museum’s substantial research library.

Patrick Jones (left) and John Rattenbury (right) donating the book to museum librarian Nettie Powell