Exhibitions

Parlour

The parlour was the grandest room in medium-sized town houses and was used on special occasions only. Naturally it contains the ‘best’ furniture in the house. Although not necessarily superior to locally manufactured furniture, imported pieces of this time were usually more decorative and ornamented than those made by local craftsmen.

Girls Bedroom

During this period it was not unusual for younger members of the family to share a bed. Two or three girls could have shared this room. An element of modernity is seen in the use of only metal beds for the furnishing of this house. It was considered more hygienic than wood. Metal beds soon became fashionable and were cheaply produced in a variety of decorative and ornamental designs.

Main Bedroom

The quite atmosphere of the main bedroom invites retreat. It is sombrely furnished in keeping with nursing a baby and for the woman of the house to retire to doing needlework or simply to relax.

Dining Room

The dining room was used as a family living room and would normally have presented an air of relaxed informality.

Boy’s Room

Beyond the kitchen the son of the house had a bedroom with easy access to the yard where horses and livestock was stabled. The room is sparsely furnished and fitting for someone who worked and played outdoors

Kitchen

The industrial revolution made possible the unlimited production of household goods at reasonable prices. The Victorians were known for their fondness for gadgets and this can be seen in the kitchen and pantry. Towards the end of the previous century, coal stoves or closed ranges were used instead of cooking on the open hearth.

Even though most of these objects are about a hundred years old, they are quite familiar to most people.