Interior Decoration

Along with the house Ms Steyn also bequeathed a collection of furniture and other household goods to the museum and these now make up a large portion of the artifacts on display.

mayville_decorationThe furnishings are Victorian and reflect the emerging middle class in the colonies of the British empire. Women had become more involved in decorating the home and the personal look was sought with trophies and needlework, paintings and family photographs which were displayed to show their social status.