Ongoing Exhibition: Rotary Room
Features everyday tools and technologies dating from around the mid 1800s to 1960. The objects are drawn from a period of great technological advancement, when society and households were transformed.
Some are clearly recognisable today though perhaps in different forms – telephones, typewriters. Others – like milk churns and old lamps – are curiosities, perhaps they bring back memories of childhood, of grandparents.
Displays include industrial equipment – granite quarrying, farming, mining, and shipping. There is an interesting selection of household items – early sewing machines, radios, lamps, cordial and other bottles and writing sets.
And not to forget a fascinating display of early telegraph and surveying equipment.
These exhibits offer the chance to discover – or re-discover – how life was lived a century ago, where people worked and the tools and technology they used.