Domestic

Visit Darlow’s Farm cottage and see domestic life without electricity, running water, or an inside toilet. Go back to the Victorian era with the museum’s portrayal of a kitchen, a parlour and a Gentleman Naturalist’s study. Shop at GB Hyde’s, which has been lovingly re-imagined at the museum. Or maybe listen to a little light music on your vintage audio equipment after tending your garden with the vintage garden equipment. All are part of the museum’s domestic displays.

Entertainment

This Bush three wave band radio in a veneered fibre-board casing, dating from the 1950s, is located in the Old Stable Block.

It is part of our collection of domestic audio equipment, that spans the period from the early 1920s up to the late 1990s.

Food

A metal food safe, or larder cupboard, was used to keep food cool before electric fridges. Air vents in the door and sides provide the cooling.

This is displayed in Darlow’s Farm Cottage, which had no electricity. It was gifted by Russell Giddings of Ramsey

Clothing

A brown fabric wallet which contained men’s shirt collars. Gifted by Mr Neville Bailey of Ramsey.

The collars are in Hyde’s shop.

Furniture and Crockery

This cupboard is known as a fan cupboard because the wooden supports on the back radiate out from the centre. It is in the Old Stable Block.

This tea set is made of Britannia metal – silver-plated tin. It was made in Sheffield and donated to us by a local family.

The dinner service in the cupboard was made by Ford and Sons, Burslem, Staffordshire.

Gardening

This example of a 1970’s Panther 30 Qualcast hand-operated lawn mower is among a wide selection of garden machinery in the Gardening Display.