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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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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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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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