This was our first visit to this small but beautifully put together Museum. Located just off the A41 north east of the City Centre this Georgian house has been beautifully restored to be a quaint and charming evocation of Boulton’s family home. Matthew Boulton lived here in the last part of the 18th Century and the restoration portrays the rooms as they may have appeared then. The restoration is sensitive and not overdone and the period furniture (from similar periods though not all from the house) fit well – I particularly liked the wear on the arms of the chairs in the breakfast room – where Boultons hands had been!!
Though not of Boulton, the Victorian schoolroom to nod to one of the later uses of the house was a nice touch and the cellars were evocative of the status enjoyed by his 8 staff.
As well as the main house there is a reasonable sized garden, with a hermitage in the bottom corner, a tearoom complete with a pair of sphinxes, an exhibition dedicated to Matthew Boulton and the Lunar Society; and a gift shop.
I thought the interpretative boards in each room were clear and helpful. Staff on duty were friendly and pleasant.
We visited on Bank Holiday Monday and there were activities for children organised and Victorian foods to sample in the Housekeepers Room.
The Café is very limited to sandwiches, pre-prepared and cakes and cold and hot drinks but it is a pleasant room. On the day there was a shuttle service running back and forth to the Museum of the Jewelry Quarter.
Although just off the main road (and frankly poorly signposted) the house retains a sense of peace and tranquillity. We spent a very pleasant hour there.
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