We, four of us, aged 51-82 loved our visit to the museum as it bought back so many memories and had us shrieking when we saw things we'd used in our earlier years, now in a museum! We'd expected to see things from our grandparents homes but to see my beloved orange Braun hairdryer from the 1970s, my cousins radios and record players, which I longed to have as a kid, the mincer my mother used every Monday for the left over Sunday joint meat... the decor of the rooms through the last 5 decades of the 1900s, the wedding dresses! So much to see and recall.
I must confess, as I walked in the main door I did think - um! seems small and no atmosphere, and I thought I was going to be let down but, as if often the case, first impressions were wrong and I had a super time from start to finish! We paid £6.50 entrance as we were part of a coach party but if I'd had to pay the £8.50 I'd not have complained.
The cafe is small but the staff very friendly and our sandwiches/jacket potatoes/cakes all went down a treat - good fillings in sandwiches, hot tasty potatoes, delicious cakes and not overly expensive for a museum. I was miffed my black coffee cost £2 whereas all other types, latte, capuccino etc were only £1.75!
There is so much to see, ranging from steam engines, trams, wonderful old cars, horsedrawn carts etc all in beautiful condition. There were several shops and some houses set up as the would have been in their hay day. I prefered the second part of the museum as there was so much to see I could relate to - the range of hoovers through the ages, hair dryers, house heaters, cookers, washing machines, kitchen equipment, toys, cameras etc, etc was extensive and facinating to see - I loved the 'set ups' of the rooms through the decades. In the music shop the lovely lady - in period costume - played requests on the wind up record player - we had Glenn Miller! Three ladies gave a talk/demonstration on 'make do and mend' amongst other things. Made me very glad in one sense to be alive now with all the home comforts and aids we so take for granted now, when you could see how hard it was only 50 years ago.
I think the 'living sweet shop' needed a bigger choice of sweets, I was disapointed in that, the lady was very pleasant but from the description I'd expected a lot more.
Some of the manequins needed some sorting out but many were good.
It's not interactive as we know so many museums today, it's not loud with constant music/commentaries etc, it's not all bright lights and trendy presentation of display objects, it's a museum set in the time it is depicting and I really appreciated that!
I would especially recommend it as a place to go for adults of 40-50 onwards and anyone who wants to relive their and 'the' past from the 1900s.
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