Lark Hill Place 1918 At Salford Museum and Art Gallery

It’s no secret that I am a massive history geek. Local history is definitely one of the things I am most passionate about. I have traced my family tree back to the 1700’s and am constantly trying to discover how and where my relatives lived. 

We’ve Visited Salford Museum several times before and Lark Hill Place has always been my favourite part. It’s a Victorian Street which is made up of reclaimed original shopfronts, and there’s lots to see and explore. The street is set at dusk – it’s starting to get dark and the gas lamps are on. You can peek through the windows and see what Salford life was like during the Victorian era. If you time your visit right, you may even get to go inside the Sweet Shop or play with some of the toys from the toy shop. Visitors can get dressed up in traditional Victorian costumes as well. 

When I heard Lark Hill Place had been updated to reflect 1918 to commemorate 100 years since the end of WW1, I knew we had to visit. Syd and I met up with her friends: T, L and A and their dad and set off to explore.

The first change I noticed in Lark Hill Place was the clothes available for visitors to dress up in. The hats had changed and there were Votes for Women sashes as well – A fabulous nod to Salford’s own Emmeline Pankhurst – the person we have to thank for Women having a vote! Look how cute the kids were in their 1918 costumes!

I don’t want to spoil all of the surprises for you, but I couldn’t help but let out a little squeal when I spotted this sash casually draped over the back of a chair inside one of the houses…..

The house pictured above is Mrs Brown’s cottage. She didn’t have stairs up to her bedroom – just a ladder! We attended Mrs Brown’s Laundry Day workshop and learnt about what laundry day was like 100 years ago.

This too was a dress up event and the kids got stuck right in….

They got to grate the soap into the tin bath (pictured above), then they used a plunger to get the bubbles going and mix up the clothes. (pictured below). 

Next, the kids all got to have a go of the scrubbing board….

After wringing the clothes out by hand, they pegged them onto the clothesline! (there was no mangle for the poor Salfordians, it appears)!&

Under Mrs Brown’s watchful eye, the kids also got to clean a doorstep and beat a rug – Syd particularly enjoyed the latter!

I could write for hours and hours about what else we saw and did when we visited Lark Hill Place, but I think you should go and see it for yourself!

The museum (and Lark Hill Place) are free to enter, but there is a donation box. We paid £2 per child to join in with Mrs Brown’s Laundry Day but it was worth every penny. The museum has a fabulous cafe and gift shop, so make sure you take some pennies with you! To find out more about Salford Museum and Art Gallery, check their website. We had a fantastic day and will definitely be back very soon!

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