Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Milestones Museum

Today we had a day out to Milestones Museum in Basingstoke. Not somewhere I would have thought of going, but I had some Tesco vouchers due to expire at the end of the month and I wanted to use them up.
It was a fantastic place and I would have missed out on a treat if we hadn't gone. It is all under one roof, making it dry and warm and safe. After discovering how hard it is to build a viaduct,

we visited Victorian England and met the wife of an Iron Foundry owner. She told us how he had built cottages for his 200 workers and provided schooling for all the children and apprenticeships for all the boys.
The children dressed up in period costume and hit the open road, just like Toad. My own Artful Dodger!
We visited the greengrocer, the Co-op, the tobacconists and the station. Then, we hurried on to the 1930s, just through the 'Time Tunnel'.

Here we saw a sweet shop, although sadly it wasn't open for business, as well as other establishments of the time. We ended up in a display of home life from 1930 through to 1970, which was very interesting and even brought back some memories for me (who else remembers 'Multi-coloured Swap Shop'?)

"Mum, how do you use this 'phone?"!


Jane D. said...

Glad you enjoyed this fab place - makes you feel old though doesn't it when your kids say things like that!

Elizabeth said...

If you decide to go again--let me know! We aren't too far away-and my two haven't gotten tired of it yet.

I love clubcard vouchers!

Gaynor said...

Thanks Elizabeth - I will do! It struck me as a great place to meet up with friends: dry and warm, somewhere to sit and natter while the children explored.

Elizabeth said...

Oh good! They even have picnic tables outside for nice days.