My first day back at work for 10 days and of course, more packing! Carolin, a German intern joined us today for 8 weeks. She was surprised at the stairs; she doesn’t think her friends back home will believe she’s got fit in a museum. I know the feeling, even after 10 days away, I am puffing a bit.
Mary Greensted, the former Arts & Crafts curator kindly came to give us a hand today, so the 3 of us ventured into the very top of building number 51 to start to pack the larger social history pieces. I have used no 51 to store collections from the world of work, so we were confronted with shop fittings, tools, farming equipment, fire extinguishers, signs and vacuum cleaners. All shapes and sizes but heart-sinkingly large.
Slades, the former shoe shop in the Promenade, provided several items to delight; shoe lasts, art deco style door handles, and a beautifully carved wooden crown from one of the display cases. Also a stool for the customers to rest their feet on for fittings.
Sheila and Sylvia from the front of house joined us later, they packed engineering models of the Gloster Meteor – the first jet engine craft, designed and made in Cheltenham by Frank Whittle. Then on to teasels, carders, bale hooks, skewers and weights from the woollen industry. I didn’t realise we had the weights; they should be on display they are important pieces. So a note for the future.