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  Written by our volunteer Charlie (aka-Santa's elf!)   At the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign, Christmas was barely celebrated in Britain. By the end however, it was considered to be the most important event of the calendar, with a  focus on traditions and family. Charles Dickens contributed massively to the spread of these traditions through his famous book ‘A Christmas Carol’, a book that influenced how many Victorian families approached the season. It is widely believed that Prince Albert was responsible for the introduction of the Christmas tree. He was born in Germany, where Evergreen trees were traditionally brought into...
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Blog written by Max Biddulph J. P. Collins and Sons Waltzer De Luxe, Ilkeston Market Place, October 1957.www.picturethepast.org (copyright uncertain As the days shorten and September moves into October, Ilkestonians look forward to Ilkeston Charter Fair which, along with Oxford St Giles and Loughborough Fair, is unique in England as one of our few remaining great street fairs. This year’s event will be held between the 19th and 22 October, 2016, and will celebrate the 764th granting of the Charter by Henry III in 1252. As a young person growing up in the town in the 1960s, my memories of the...
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here is a blog written by one of our young volunteers Aiden reviewing our recent Heritage Day, we hope you enjoy it! In the museum we had several organisations come in to explain what they do. This included - The Local History Society, Portable Antiques Scheme and Friends of the Museum group. Firstly, I spoke with the local history society that came in to support the museum on the society’s 50th anniversary. This society hold information about the history of the museum and other local areas. They produce books about which are sold worldwide. They do this because they want to...
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Event blog written by our young volunteer Aiden: When I walked through the gates of the museum, I felt like I had actually travelled back in time tothe forties. There were people wearing old fashioned clothes like old police and military uniforms; people were singing old fashioned songs and others were dancing to them. There were also old fashioned cars like ‘Austins’ and old ‘Willys jeeps’ from the war. Inside the museum was a lady who was telling people about the rations and how it all worked using the ration book to get a certain amount of food and using coupons...
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The Big Knit Blog- written by one of our young volunteers Aiden Here at Erewash Museum, we have contributed to World Wide Knit in Public Day again this year. Our event was dedicated to knitting for peace with blankets being produced to send around the world. People from all ages came to the event, those that were experienced or those who just wanted to learn;they also helped to make the event possible. The people that came along also came to have fun and chat with each other but they also wanted to help support the cause. By 1pm 23 knitters had...
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Awsworth Primary School – Bennerley Viaduct Workshop On Friday 24th June Pine Class from Awsworth Primary School visited Erewash Museum to continue their projectwork on Bennerley Viaduct. They took part in a fact finding quiz, had a chance to look at the fantastic ‘Rediscovering Bennerley Viaduct:The Iron Giant of the Erewash Valley’ exhibition and got creative with matchsticks and paint. Look at some of the brilliant prints they produced inspired by the wrought iron lattice work of the viaduct. If you want to know more about Bennerley Viaduct and Sustrans plans for its future the ‘Rediscovering BennerleyViaduct:The Iron Giant of the...
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Hi my name is Jasmine and I’m a year 10 pupil at Kimberley School. I’ve not been volunteering at Erewash Museum verylong and I only usually do 1 hour a week as I am studying for my GCSE’s. At every parent’s evening I always get the same report as I have done since I was in year 1 ‘Jasmine is an excellent pupil, her class work and homework is good but she is too quiet. Sometimes you don’t know sheis there. She needs to contribute more in class’ I am very shy and after my last parent’s evening my mum said...
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We are nearing the end of National Volunteer's Week and our next blog has been written by our Volunteer Coorodinator Rebecca.  Rebecca joined us at the end of 2014 as part of our Heritage Lottery Funded project and since then our volunteer programme has flourished.  “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day for the kind of community you want to live in.” (Unknown) The UK’s Office of National Statistics estimates the value of volunteers to the economy as £23.9 billion. This Volunteers’ Week, I want to...
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I’ve been a volunteer at the museum since March last year. After retiring from workat the end of January last year I felt I would like to do something which wascompletely different to my working life and also hoped it would enable me tomeet new people. I haven’t been disappointed. A warm welcome is guaranteed fromthe moment you walk through the door; the museum is such a friendly place and Ihave also met some lovely people amongst the other volunteers too. I mostly do general admin work when I’m there which utilises my word processingskills, but I have also done such...
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Our fourth blog post celebrating National Volunteer's Week is written by our of our Young Creative Curators John Cosslett who has been working with the collections at the museum since last year. 'I enjoy working as a volunteer at The Erewash Museum because I get to scan photographs and see things like royal visits to the town in the past, and photos of Stanton Ironworks.  I like looking and seeing what it was like to live in the past.  I have always wanted to do this kind of thing since I was a young boy and I would love to have more knowledge...
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We are happy to be supporting National Volunteer's Week which runs until 12th June.  This third blog post focuses on how volunteering can contribute toward career development in our sector. Pursuing a career in museums and heritage can be a daunting task, it can be difficult to find out where to start, what qualifications you need, what different types of work you can do, and how much experience will be required for different job roles.  It's also an extremely rewarding career choice in an ever changing sector and one that attracts people who are inherently passionate about what they do. Whilst the...
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Here at the museum we are busy celebrating National Volunteer's Week by promoting the good work that our volunteers do, raising the profile of volunteering, and saying thank you to the amazing volunteers we have. This second blog post focuses on our brand new Tea Room team led by The Friends of the Museum who are now running our new refreshment area in the Old Stable Block.  Everyone working in here is a volunteer and all profits are being fed back into future museum projects and events.  The new Tea Room has been developed as part of our Heritage Lottery Fund relaunch which...
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  Today is the first day of National Volunteer's Week- here at the museum we have been working hard over the past 18 months to develop our volunteering opportunities and increase our volunteer team.  We now have over 40 active volunteers carrying out a range of projects and activities from event work, helping to document and care for the museum's collections, assisting with school visits and more recently running our brand new tea room for us! During National Volunteer's Week we will have a display in the museum entrance with testimonies from our volunteers.  If you are interested in joining...
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Dementia Awareness Week 15-21 May 2016 This year Erewash Museum is participating in Dementia AwarenessWeek during 15th - 21st May. We feel it is an important opportunity to raiseawareness and support the Alzheimer’s Society in the campaign to get peopletalking about dementia. This year the theme is to encourage people to confront theirworries about dementia by addressing it directly and seeking information andsupport. During the week Erewash Museum will have free booklets availabledetailing how you can get more information or support and if you have time joinus in supporting the Alzheimer’s Society campaign and address your fears andworries directly to dementia...
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Victoria’s successful project ‘Losing lace’ supported by the Arts Council England focussed on the Lace industry in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and Victoria’s family connection to it. Victoria’s Great Grandfather Thomas Stocks started the lace making business in Jardines factory, Draycott in the early 1900s. The business later merged with Birkin and Company, Nottingham’s largest lace business. She carried out research, visiting old factory sites, gathering artefacts and interviewing people connected to the industry. Victoria produced large vibrant paintings inspired by old lace patterns and a lace installation using artefacts collected during the research. Her aim was to celebrate the success of...
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Here at Erewash Museum we thought it important to mark International Women’s Day (IWD) even though it came at an extremely busy time for us as we are preparing for Old Stables at Dalby House launch. Planning began a few months ago at a staff meeting and we came up with a few ideas and the project evolved and will continue evolving into 2017. As Dalby House was a former residence we asked some of our volunteers to help research the important women associated with the building Erewash Museum occupies. We soon found out that although we have extensive files relating...
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Changing times at Dalby House… From the time it was built until the end of the Second World War, Dalby House had been a private house where women were wives, mothers, daughters or servants of the influential men of the house. Censuses from the time do not list women’s occupations, only those of the men, unless those women are servants. But, as society changed, so did the position and influence of women. The status and use of Dalby House would change forever, as would the influence of women on the property and its uses. In 1946, Dalby House was up for...
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A Victorian Maid at Dalby House Throughout its history as a private family residence, Dalby House would have been looked after by a team of servants. Dalby House was quitea small house compared to some of the stately homes in the country but wouldstill have employed domestic servants such as housemaids, a cook, stableboys, grooms, gardeners etc. Until the twentieth century, domestic service was one of themost common occupations for working women. Girls often became maids as young asten years old. Usually, they would start as a Scullery Maid, doing the worstjobs in the house such as emptying and scrubbing chamber...
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International Women's Day- blog written by our museum volunteer Jeff I was asked to write something about why I, as a man, was supporting International Women’s Day. I found this quite hard to put into words at first, so I had a look at the United Nations web site for some inspiration. The hash tag being used for International Women’s Day is #PledgeForParity. Parity is defined in the dictionary as “equality, as in amount, status, or character.” The motto the United Nations is also using for IWD is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality” Looking at both of...
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International Women’s Day at Erewash Museum Welcome to the first in a series of blog posts celebrating International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is ‘Pledge for Parity’ – celebrating women’s social, political and cultural contributions all over the world but also recognising that, in some parts of the world, progress towards true gender equality has slowed, so action is needed to achieve parity. At Erewash Museum, we feel International Women’s Day is very important. In discussing ways we could do this, we found ourselves comparing the lives and expectations of the women who had lived and worked in our museum building...
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