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The 'kitchen' with the black range
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The 'best room' updated in the 1950's
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Mrs Smith's bedroom
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The facilities of the Cottage including visits to the Cottage, the artefacts and research notes are available to schools to enhance a curriculum for History or Social Studies
In March 2011, Mrs Smith's Cottage Museum completed a project in association with Lincolnshire Heritage Forum which allowed students from the district to create a video of the cottage and their interpretation of the life of Mrs Smith. A grant for the project was provided by the Renaissance East Midlands MuBu Project.
The Mrs Smith's Cottage video was one of seven produced and filmed by students for different museums around Lincolnshire. All the videos were screened at a special premier held at the Kinema in the Woods at Woodhall Spa and all were received with great enthusiasm and much applause.
Many thanks to Sophie Chandler, Zoe Asher, Emma Gilboy and Lawrence Milnes for creating such a special video of Mrs Smith and the Cottage.
You can View all the Videos on YouTube.
Due to necessary repair work to the roof of the Cottage, no school visits can be arranged at this time. We will announce the re-opening of the museum as soon as possible. You can follow the progress of the restoration project at Rescuing Mrs Smith's Cottage


A Victorian School Day
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Over the last several years the museum has developed a programme for visits to the cottage by both primary and secondary classes. The many artefacts and the authentic conditions in the cottage offer excellent examples of life in the Edwardian to mid 20th century period in a compact and real environment as opposed to viewing artefacts in a museum display.

The timeline is well preserved and visible. The original floor tiles are laid directly on the earth and there is no plaster on the brick walls - but the 'Best Room', modernised in the 1950's, has a wooden floor and plastered walls. The original, communal water supply is still a few yards down the road and the later cold water tap is in the garden. Only in the 1970's was a single cold tap put inside the cottage. The only hot water source is from the boiler beside the black range. There are candles by the bed and the original single, overhead electric light and switch, installed in 1937, are still there. The privy with a bucket and wooden seat is still at the bottom of the garden and was in use and being emptied by the council as late as 1978.

Children can see how furniture, tools and utensils were used and learn something about the lifestyle enjoyed by great grandmother as she worked with few if any electrically operated appliances, stoked the fire even in summer and spent most of each Monday doing the laundry! In those days conservation and recycling came naturally - scraps of material were turned into rugs for the floor, frayed shirts were cut and hand-stitched to make a bedspread for the spare room and left-over food was fed to the pigs. At the same time they will perhaps appreciate the relatively calm and tranquil existence without a phone or computer and an altogether simpler existence.

We continue to develop programmes to support teachers including a plan to offer information study sheets which can be downloaded directly from our website.

We welcome any and all enquiries and suggestions from teachers.

Please Contact the Curator for further information or to arrange a visit to the cottage.




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