On the Settle

As part of our Silver Jubilee displays for 2010 we have dressed a collection of ‘people’ and sat them on or around our 18th century settle. Back in February, we saw work in progress. The display is now just about ready for opening day on 1st May.

Two ladies, we see them as mother and daughter, sit on the settle. The era is about 1900 – the end of the Victorian period.

On the Settle at Market Lavington Museum

Granny is on the left, coping with life without her husband. She is wearing her black shawl, known as widow’s weeds and an all black costume.

Her daughter is on the right. Her skirt is black but she has abandoned mourning clothes and wears an elegant, floral shawl over her other clothes.

The grandson sits between them. Back in 1900, it was quite normal for the boys to wear pretty dresses like this – and we know that boys in the Colman family wore this one.

We have seen the pram before. A granddaughter relaxes in it. We hope the grandchildren prove to be a comfort to the bereaved widow.



Finally, a reminder to museum stewards – tomorrow, Saturday 27th March is spring clean day at the museum, from 10 o’clock in the morning. It would be great to see many of you there and thanks to all those who have already said they will help get ready for the start of the new season.


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  1. A Cotton Bonnet « Market Lavington Museum Says:

    […] are put on display. We have already seen a number of items on this blog – some Victorian ladies, a 1940s women and a 1920s baby amongst them. During the winter these clothes will be carefully […]

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