Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Sweet Donation to Museum

Top award-winning social history museum Yesterday's World in Battle, East Sussex, received an unusual gift this month after a surprise discovery was made in a storage room. Whilst clearing out the store room at Folkestone Bus Station, Stagecoach Operations Manager, Sam Wigley and her team discovered more than 100 old-style sweet containers - believed to be at least 45 years old. Many were in good condition and unopened with the historic sweets still inside!

The sweets are thought to be from stock left behind by a former shop at the bus station, which celebrated its 50th year of operations in March. Familiar brands were found including Quality Street, Lucozade, and Cadbury's Roses along with names from a bygone age such as Dulcet Pastille Fruits and Jelly Fish, Pascal Fruit Bon Bons, Lyon's Double Hit and various brands from Bellamys the confectioners.

All had price tickets attached showing pounds, shillings and pence. Keen to ensure the discovery can be appreciated and bring back sweet memories to the public for years to come, Stagecoach staff contacted us at Yesterday's World to give the artefacts a new home, in return for a donation to the Sittingbourne-based charity, Demelza House Hospice for Children. We are hoping to display some of items in our Victorian Sweet Shop and in Mrs Bumble's Chocolate Shop once they've had a bit of a clean-up.

A large selection of traditional sweets, including old favourites cherry drops, soor plooms and white mice are available to buy at online at Yesterday's World Sweet Shop.

Display Wins Royal Approval (September 2005)

Some of the Yesterday's World team travelled up to London's Guildhall to attend a Blitz Exhibition held by the Worshipful Company of Firefighters last week. The special 3 day public event marked the role which firefighters played during the Blitz and included displays from St John's Ambulance and Doctor Johnson's house, as well as an ARP station and archive footage from the period.

Our stand on food packaging and rationing from the war brought back fond memories for a lot of visitors who attended the event, many of whom had been evacuated as children during the war. HRH Princess Anne, attended a private viewing of the exhibition on the Monday evening and was particularly interested in our special Aintree edition box of Jacob's cream crackers, which had a drawing of a racehorse on the front.

All the artefacts on the stand, which included articles such as Rinso powder, Oxydol, Sunlight Soap, spray dried egg powder and Welgar Shredded Wheat, are available to view in the 1930s grocers and war cabinet display at Yesterday's World.

If you have any articles, particularly from the 1960s, '70s & '80s, which you would like to display at Yesterday's World, please contact Lindsay (01424 894313) or Clive (01424 777226).

Items Wanted From '50s - Early '80s (Ongoing Appeal)

Remember the rubix cube? Or how about the first ever mobile phone? Do you have any items from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s or early 1980s lurking in your attic? Exciting new plans are now in the pipeline to build a major new exhibition centre to adjoin the existing museum at Yesterday's World and we're appealing to the public to help!

Here at Yesterday's World we like to think that we play an important role in preserving British history and are now looking for artefacts from the next generation to complement the 100,000+ exhibits from the 1850s to 1950s that are currently on display. We'd like to create a real glimpse back in time so if you have anything that you think is typical of the '50s, '60s, '70s or early '80s, which would evoke people's memories, we would love to hear from you.

Depending on where you live, we may be able to arrange transportation in some cases. Please contact Lindsay on 01424 894313 or Clive on 01424 777226 for more details.