Posts Tagged ‘cleaning’

More work at Easterton Village Hall

August 12, 2015

Following our post about people scrubbing the floor at Easterton Village Hall we were sent this picture from the same occasion.

Here we see ladies filling buckets in the kitchen at the village hall in Easterton.

Cleaners at work at Easterton Village Hall

Cleaners at work at Easterton Village Hall

On the left we have Mrs Snook followed by Peggy Chapman and then Lizzie Smith. The next lady is Mrs Sheppard and finally, on the right it is Gladys Windo.

What a lovely, cheerful scene as these ladies (there were men doing this as well) work to support their village community.

A feather duster

January 29, 2014

Think of a feather duster and maybe you think of Ken Dodd with his multi coloured tickling sticks. But here at Market Lavington Museum we think of a rather more sombre looking item which really is made of feathers.

Mid-20th century feather duster at Market Lavington Museum

Mid-20th century feather duster at Market Lavington Museum

We have this item dated as mid-20th century – which could take it into the Ken Dodd era for his first professional show was given in 1954.

This feather duster is, as mentioned, made of bird feathers. Can anyone tell us what bird they came from?

Can you identify the feathers?

Can you identify the feathers?

This item has been at the museum since we opened in 1985.

Beating the carpet

January 17, 2014

Whilst these devices were always called carpet beaters, more commonly they’d have been used on rugs. Carpets may have been beaten on something like a once a year basis.

Picture a 1920s house. The furnishings may have been simple and the floor covering probably would not have involved fitted carpets. There may have been carpet squares in some rooms or just rugs in various places.

All the usual dust, mud, pet hairs, dropped food etc. would have got into any rugs and carpets – just as happens today.

But you didn’t have a powerful vacuum cleaner to suck it all out again. From time to time, you took rugs and carpets out, hung them over a clothes line and gave them a good walloping. The device you used to hit them may have looked like this.

Carpet Beater dating from the 1920s at Market Lavington Museum

Carpet Beater dating from the 1920s at Market Lavington Museum

This carpet beater is made of twisted bamboo with a sturdy steel ferrule to hold it all together. It can be found hanging by the range in the museum kitchen but it once belonged to Miss Partridge of Spin Hill in Market Lavington.

The modern, all electric person may not understand how beating a carpet cleaned it. When you hit the carpet, it suddenly moves forward. Dust and dirt, loosely attached, doesn’t move forward so it falls out. The design of the beater (ours is 72 cm long and the beating head is 17cm across) is such that quite a large area of carpet is moved, but the beater has a minimum of structure to stop the debris from falling out.

It makes an attractive looking device which was very functional

Knife Polish

November 17, 2011

We recently featured a knife polishing machine. Knife polishing was deemed essential in pre-stainless steel days to ensure a knife looked bright and clean.

Today we look at some powder which could assist in this ‘cleaning’ process.

John Oakey and Sons Wellington Knife Polish - exhibits at Market Lavington Museum

John Oakey and Sons Limited, who made the polish, were leading lights in the knife cleaning business. John Oakey set up his sandpaper business in London in 1833. He later moved to Wellington Mills, still in London and no doubt that is why his knife polish is called ‘Wellington’. He introduced his knife polish in 1858.

John died in 1887 and his sons took over the company, going public in the 1890s.

We do not know when knife polish manufacture ceased. The company certainly ran for at least 150 years.

The tins show what we believe is an image of the Duke of Wellington and give detailed instructions on the use of the powder. Our tins were priced at 1 penny (old money, of course), which makes them the smallest size available. The four shillings container must have been very large indeed.

The annual Spring Clean

April 17, 2011

Opening day, for the museum, is May 1st. That’s just a fortnight away so it was time to dust away the cobwebs, buff up the glass and tidy the outside courtyard.

Mike set to on the fence which has suffered the ravages of time. Thanks to James who kindly donated some fencing materials for us to use. Other people did a lot of work sweeping the courtyard. A churchyard yew tree hangs over the courtyard and it had dropped a lot of needles and seeds, which have now been swept away.

We caught Jane leaning out of an upstairs window shaking a duster out

Jane had not been alone dusting. Our cameraman caught Pat hard at work.

Meanwhile, Hugh and Laura had been dealing with windows and other glass.

This was also a social occasion with a pleasant break for drinks and some superb herb scones.

Grateful thanks go to all those volunteers who helped make the museum a fit place for visitors – and the good news was that two unexpected visitors turned up whilst we were all cleaning. I hope they found something of interest regarding the local Hobbs family in the 17th century.

Spring cleaning at Market Lavington Museum

March 28, 2010

Yesterday – 27th March – a group of museum volunteers gathered at the site to give the building and displays a spring clean in readiness for Silver Jubilee Year opening.

Early arrivals were treated to a group of goldfinches putting on a charming display and then by a green woodpecker strutting its stuff. One could imagine former parish residents, John Legg and Ben Hayward reaching for their notebooks to record the bird life.

But work started. Some worked outside, clearing some moss and the winter  leaves and yew berries which had collected in the courtyard.

Others set to with cloths and cleaner to remove stains from windows and the glass cabinets inside the museum.

Others busied themselves with dusters and vacuum cleaners, reaching the darkest recesses to remove what nature seems to get there.

Work, yes, but also fun and a chance to chat with old friends. And of course, there was time for a tea break with home made cakes and biscuits – and the opportunity was taken for a photo call for those who were there at the time.

Market Lavington Museum - spring cleaners

The museum certainly looks more ready for the coming season, which begins on Saturday 1st May at 2.30 pm and continues until the end of October on Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday and Bank Holiday afternoons.