Caravans, washboards and cider, a journey down memory lane..

Over at #weeklyblogclub it is week 14 and I’m proud of the fact that I have managed to contribute a blog every week of the year so far, and this week the entirely optional topic asked the question what do you create in your job? An interesting question that got me thinking about my work at the Worcesteshire County Museum at Hartlebury. Museums are curators of the past, we don’t create history but record it, so the answer for me must be that we create memories.


Many of our visitors can be found reminiscing as they go around the site, and I often hear comments about items they remember from their childhood, or stories told them by parents and grandparents.
One of my favourite rooms at the museum is the laundry/scullery, with its wind down clothes airer, mangle and washboards, a glimpse of life before the automatic washing machine and tumble dryer!



The museum also has a unique collection of gypsy caravans as part of the transport gallery, again stirring memories for many of our visitors.



Being a “crafty” person, I love our collection of valentine cards,

But the jewel in the crown for me can be found in the Bishops Palace state rooms, the Georgian saloon has some beautiful needle work on the six chairs, curtesy of a former resident.


Hopefully our visitors will also create some new memories of their visit to the castle and museum, especially if they are visiting on an event day such as the country fair where our team of volunteers work an old cider press and the smell of crushed apples fills the air.


Why not pop along and visit us at the museum, and create some new memories of your own 🙂


About carolwoolley

I’m a Mum with passion for reading, astronomy and music. I sing 2nd Alto in the Kidderminster Valentines female voice choir and play the clarinet and flute in the Bewdley Concert Band. By profession I am a Chartered Librarian, qualified trainer and currently a Deputy Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Follow me on twitter @woolleybear64
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