Posts Tagged ‘Collecting’

In the New Cabinet

February 16, 2010

Market Lavington Museum is delighted to have a new display cabinet this year. As we mourn the death of Peggy Gye, our founder, we can be certain that she would have been delighted that the museum continued to move ahead. It does make for exciting times at the museum and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank the county staff at the History Centre in Swindon for providing a grant for this cabinet and also for a laminator which gives labels and photographic displays a more professional look.

Today we are going to peek into one section of the new cabinet.

One shelf in Market Lavington Museum's new cabinet

This shelf contains items which might be deemed to be feminine in nature. Market Lavington has had a fan fanatic in the past – and a collection of these cooling devices was donated to the museum many years ago. Sadly, there has been little opportunity for them to be on display, but now we have half a dozen on this shelf. They cover a hundred years of fan history ranging from a nineteenth century pierced bone fan to a mid twentieth century plastic and paper version.

We can also see a skirt lifter which ladies used to lift skirts a little to avoid stepping on the hem when climbing stairs. There’s a very elegant pair of kidskin gloves along with a lovely amber (coloured) necklace which just oozes the 1920s. There are also a couple of smaller items including an elegant brass locket which was dug up in a Market Lavington garden in the 1970s but which dates to about 1900.

Our volunteers have been busy researching and producing labels, as well as organising and displaying items. If you haven’t visited the museum for some time, then do come in 2010 for there is much new to see.

Weekly Offering Boxes

January 26, 2010

Market Lavington residents will know that the Trinity Church now hold their services in the wonderful Community Hall which is warm, bright and with adequate parking. They have left their chapel in the Townsend area of High Street and are, at present, considering its future. Some of the items from within the chapel, which was built in the 1880s as a Congregational Church, are now making their way to the museum.

Weekly offering Boxes from the Congregational Chapel

Amongst these items are a couple of weekly offering boxes which were once fastened to walls in the old chapel. These boxes have now joined some other wooden collecting boxes which were used during Market Lavington’s ‘Hospital Weeks’ in the 1920s and 30s and again for ‘Red Cross Weeks’ during the Second World War.

It is thought that the boxes from the Congregational Chapel date back to the nineteenth century.

If you know more about these boxes – maybe an ancestor of yours made them – then please contact the curator.