Mansfield Museum

This was how the museum looked 34 years ago – do you remember it?

April 1981
CHAD M7490 11
April 1981
CHAD M7490 13

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  • Your pictures of the separate show cases really take me back to the olden days of the early 40’s. It was a time when we young whippersnappers were spreading our wings  to venture down town without being chaperoned by older sisters or parents. For one reason or another, we used to find our selves in the old Museum. The gentleman usher would always spot us and either follow us around, or as was his job, he would usher us to the door.  One of our interests as kids, was the bird’s eggs. I remember I had a shoebox with cotton wool covering the bottom where I kept my collection. I had a fairly good collection with a little help from my Aunt Flo, and Uncle Lawson,  my prize possession was a Guillemot’s Egg. He being a Gamekeeper.  

    By alan curtis (24/08/2015)
  • I remember the museum well from the 1950’s.  First stop Saturday morning was the library then into the museum.  A few years ago I took my grandchildren, we enjoyed our visit but I missed the display cabinets.  When I asked about them they told me they were still there but in storage.  A shame they haven’t the room to display then now.

    By Val Mason (23/08/2015)
  • Yes I remember the museum very well from the 1950s my dad used to take me there regularly it was full of interesting things. The showcase you can just see on the right of the picture containing a stork and other water birds also had a very large green frog sat on a rock which always fascinated me. There was also a cabinet with about twenty very brightly coloured humming birds and their nests, some of them not much bigger than large bumble bees and the very large display of British birds eggs. Another showcase that interested me as a youngster was models of various streets in Mansfield from bygone times probably earely 19th century, I think one was West Gate and I’m certain one was Ratcliffe Gate, I wonder if the museum still has them it would be nice to see them again.

    By Peter Bowler (21/08/2015)
  • Hi 

    Some of the models you refer to are currently on display as part of our Miniature Worlds exhibition which runs until Saturday 26 September. Next year we will be displaying some of the birds that can be seen in these images in a major year long exhibition opening in January.

    By Liz Weston (21/08/2015)

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