Author Archives: Rachael Dilley

Missing clock has reappeared!

This clocking in machine was thought to have been stolen in 1989… Today it has reappeared!

Missing clock reappeared!

Missing clock reappeared!

 

This machine would notify the employees when they were permitted to take breaks and leave work for the day. The clock’s chime appears to have been modified from mechanical to electronic. We are uncertain as to how an employee would clock in as it is different to other machines in our collection.

A few interesting facts concerning Monopoly

1930s Monopoly board

1930s Monopoly board

  • Object in question, from our collections: a Monopoly set from 1936
  • Monopoly was created by an American anti-monopolist Elizabeth Maggie Philips in 1903. She aimed to explain the single tax theory of Henry George (an American writer). The game was designed as an educational tool.
  • Originally named ‘The Landlords Game’

 

Monopoly money

Monopoly money

  •  Produced in the UK by licensed manufacturer, John Waddington of Leeds from 1936.
  • In 1941, the British Secret Intelligence Service approached John Waddington to create a special edition of Monopoly to help World War II prisoners of war held by the Nazis. Hidden inside these games were maps, compasses, real money, and other tools for escaping. They were distributed to prisoners via the British Secret Service through fake charity groups.
1930s Monopoly board

1930s Monopoly board

 

 

 

Beamish’s 20th century collections assistants: Second World War ARP First Aid Kit. Meg’s Diary.

This post details the processes involved when an item is donated to Beamish. In this case Meg processed a Second World War ARP (Air Raid Precautions) First Aid Kit (see photo below).

ARP (Air Raid Precautions) First Aid Kit with instruction card

ARP (Air Raid Precautions) First Aid Kit with instruction card

  • First of all every donor fills in a receipt officially giving the collection to Beamish.
  • Thursday 20th November 2014 – started listing the objects within the collection. Meg decided owing to the rare nature of the almost complete ARP First Aid Kit, the collection should be recorded in detail.
  • Friday 21st November 2014 – Completed listing and semi-permanently labelling each object. Depending on the object the semi-permanent labels are marked in pencil, black or white ink or sewn onto an object. Each donation is given a collection number (2014-184 in this instance). Individual items within the collection are sub-numbered (e.g. 2014-184.1) and an individual item can be separated into different parts for example .1a and .1b. This is so we can keep track of each individual object and have a good record of its appearance and size. Coincidentally item 2014-184.1BP was a bottle of Iodine B.P. ! Meg listed items from .1a to .1bx – that is a lot items in one collection!

Meg listing the objects within the ARP First Aid Kit.Meg listing the objects within the ARP First Aid Kit.

  • Monday 24th November 2014 – following listing and labelling each object is recorded on a Green Card, including a description, when and where the object was used and its estimated age.
  • Wednesday 26th November 2014 – Photographed and measured all 81 items! This is so we can identify objects when searching through the online catalogue and display images of our collection online.

Example of an object photograph. Elastoplast tin with instructions.Example of an object photograph. Elastoplast tin with instructions.

  • Thursday 27th November 2014 – today Meg started transferring the information recorded on the Green Cards onto the collections management system (KE-Emu).

Meg transferring data onto KE-EmuMeg transferring data onto KE-Emu

  •  Friday 28th November 2014 – continued to catalogue the donation onto KE-Emu.
  • Monday 1st November 2014 – Completed J. Now the ARP First Aid box is part of our collection and located in our stores.
Completed collection :)

Completed collection :)

This demonstrates that it can take one person 6 days to process just one donation!

At the moment the collections team at Beamish receive on average around 5 donations of objects every day.

Bottles of ointments and medicines in a removable compartment

Bottles of ointments and medicines in a removable compartment

Handmade dolls house furniture and accessories

This adorable collection of handmade dolls house furniture, reminiscent of DIY Blue Peter (BBC) creations, was donated to the museum in May 2015. The collection includes a pink bedroom suite, dining room furniture and two sets of drawers. 

The pink bedroom suite is made from a variety of household materials including; match boxes, cardboard boxes, polystyrene, paper fasteners, wood, bobbins, cupcake cases, plastic lids and miniature doilies. The pink dressing table also includes a mirror from a makeup compact – genius recycling! 

Handmade dolls house bedroom furniture and accessories. Made from everyday household materials.

Handmade dolls house bedroom furniture and accessories. Made from everyday household materials.

 The dining room furniture includes a wooden table and two chairs with yellow paper; chair backs, cushions and a matching table cloth. There are also handmade seasonal accessories – Christmas crackers (a personal favourite!) 

Handmade dolls house dining room furniture.

Handmade dolls house dining room furniture.

The two sets of drawers are constructed from a pile of Bryant and May’s match boxes, paper fasteners and polystyrene. They reflect the fashion of their time and are useful for storing dolls house nick-nacks!

Handmade dolls house white and floral patterned match box drawers.

Handmade dolls house white and floral patterned match box drawers.

Do you have any dolls house DIY memories? Perhaps you made other items out of everyday materials? The things you can do with match boxes, sticky back plastic, bottle tops and egg cartons!