A new display of exquisite examples of Victorian lace will be found in Room
A display of flat irons, the type used for ironing clothes, is on show in a
glass cabinet in the Junior Room. Examples, some of which are extremely
rare, include electrical and steam-heated irons, and even one heated by
inserting red-hot charcoal bricks.
Cartes de Visite
In the Victorian Room there is new exhibition of cartes de visite
photographs kindly lent by Roger Packham and arranged by Ingrid King. These
small albumen prints mounted on cards, largely depicting couples or
individuals posed in a studio, were exceptionally popular during the early
19th century as they allowed relatives and friends, for the first time, to
exchange portraits by post.
Room 1 there is an exhibition of fossils from the Cretaceous period,
together with an explanatory wallchart, all beautifully put together by
assistant curator Ray Butler.