Found in the filing cabinet

Vicki writes…. As with most offices we have a cupboard of doom. If you work in an office you will know exactly what I mean. It’s that ancient cupboard that your predecessors left you just as their predecessors did and everyone is a little scared to open it. With this being Snowshill Manor, the place…

Objects of Mystery

As this month has seen a focus on clocks with our own Snowshill tribute to the 80th anniversary of the talking clock it seemed to fit to pick something from the horological side of the collection. We all know that Mr Wade had a particular fondness for the sound of clocks ticking and chiming in…

Not knowing, innovation & Bollywood dancing

The title of this post says it all. In what other job do you have the ability to attend a talk on being the best version of you, discover the power of innovation and prance around at 9am? Of course it’s with the National Trust! Every year the National Trust runs a two day conference…

Objects of Mystery

This month we’re following a bit of a gruesome path so take this as a warning for the squeamish amongst you! These curious little brass instruments (a little clue there) are kept in Top Royal. They look harmless enough, don’t they? Any guesses on this very Victorian cure (another clue for you!) It’s a blood…

Charles Paget Wade – Architect

 From his earliest years Charles Paget Wade was more inclined to imaginative design and invention than academic study. The saving grace of his schooldays was drawing, a subject he enjoyed and was good at. In his memoir ‘Days Far Away’ he recalls ‘I never had the faintest desire to be top of any classes…I would…

Objects of Mystery

After a recent visit to Berrington Hall it seemed appropriate to pick something from Charles Wade’s costume collection as this months object of mystery. This is what is formally known as a calash. It is a type of bonnet that became very popular in women’s fashion in the 18th Century. The calash takes its name from…

Objects of Mystery

Having seen other collections showcasing a monthly ‘object of mystery’ post I thought it would be fun for us to have a go. Every month we’ll find something rather quirky and unusual from Charles Wade’s collection and give a little bit of information about it. We hope you enjoy these posts! Below is a photo…