The Workshop Door

Yesterday the inventory checking team finally decided to brave the cold and start checking the Cottage Workshop. This is one of the more chaotic rooms at Snowshill with over 1300 objects. Having said that it is also one of the most captivating. This was where Mr Wade spent most of his time, it is in…

Robert’s Shop

Robert’s  Shop The dolls houses and toys at Snowshill Manor are popular with young and old visitors alike. Here are some extracts from Charles Wade’s notebooks, compiled in the memoir ‘Days Far Away’ in which he tells us in his own words about one of his favourites. How I loved my toys, they were such…

Wassail! Drinkhail!

In a slight change to normal proceedings our House Steward has written a post all about our most recent volunteer event. Here’s to thee old apple tree, long may you bear. Hats full, caps full, three bushel bags full, And a little heap under the stairs On a gloriously crisp and sunny January afternoon (not…

Grannie’s Grand Cabinet

With a collection as big and as varied as Mr Wade’s picking a favourite or significant item can be like picking a favourite star. However there is one item that all staff and volunteers agree is the most significant: Grannie Spencer’s Cantonese Cabinet. This beautiful piece of furniture is made from lacquered wood and was…

Merry Christmas!

 We thought we would celebrate this festive time of year by sharing Mr Wade’s Christmas memories with you. Mr Wade filled lots of notebooks with his memories, drawings and poems and in 1996 the Curator Michael Jessop compiled them together in the book ‘Days Far Away’. The following extract is from that book:  “The whole…

Further Delights of Inventory Checking

During this winter’s foray into the Piper’s Grove store, to continue our quest to check every item off on our inventory list, we have found quite a few objects that have been pretty, strange or interesting to us, here is just a small selection: These are just two of the very pretty scent bottles in…

Whole Trust VCI Team trip to Snowshill

Last week we had some extra volunteers onsite. Guest blogger Richard has written a post telling you what they got up to…. Twelve volunteers and staff from the Whole Trust Volunteering & Community Involvement team met at Snowshill on Friday 6th December for our Christmas learning at work day. Snowshill fought off competition from other…