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Tunbridge Wells, England, United Kingdom
February 7, 2011
From journal 2011 Journal 1
Sunderland, United Kingdom
February 10, 2010
From journal Winter Trip to York
November 9, 2009
From journal Five places I have visited in York
New Haven, Connecticut
April 26, 2006
From journal Old York: A One-Stop Guide to English History
Riverview, New Brunswick
September 30, 2005
After entering, you will pass by a number of rooms including a Victorian parlour (1870), a Moorland cottage (1850), a Georgian room (1780) and even a front room from 1950. They are wonderful and combined with the displays of china and Victoriana, they hint at what’s to come. Displays deal with hygiene and household cleanliness, and you’ll find everything from washing machines to toilets. Here the exploration goes back 350 years, and Lord Hervey’s comment of 1728 reminds us of how far we’ve come, "At court last night there was dice, dancing, crowding, sweating and stinking in abundance as usual."
The displays move on to the subjects of marriage, birth and death and the social customs and mores that have surrounded them over the last 200 years. There is so much here, that one can pick and choose. Everyone will probably agree however, that the Victorian street scene with genuine storefronts that were rescued from destruction is the high point of the visit.
Displays in the former debtor’s prison include militaria and WW II social history and costume. On the lower floors, the old cells remain, a number of them containing displays of the tools of dying crafts: joiners, comb-makers, blacksmiths and gunsmiths etc. A few of the cells carry on the prison theme. You will see the condemned cell, the last home of the notorious highwayman, Dick Turpin, who was hanged nearby at age 26 in 1739. This is also the place where 17 Luddites were hanged in a single day in 1813.
The museum is a wonderful place, and the collection is incredibly extensive. There is something here for everyone in the family.
From journal York: Layers of History
by Ed Hahn
Hong Kong, China
July 4, 2005
For more information, see their website: http://www.york-tourism.co.uk/Visitors/visitors_dynamictemplate.cfm?ContentType=WhatToDo&AttractionId=58
From journal Two Days in York
by tami traveler
August 15, 2003
From journal York for the Family
February 3, 2002
The museum is extremely well-planned out and presented. Exhibits are planned out in a linear fashion, making getting lost an impossibility. York's colourful history parades past you, delighting your eyes and stimulating your mind. Whole streets are recreated in a Victorian setting, complete with sounds, and shops selling goods and mannequins. What's funny is that when I first saw it, I mistook it for a "normal" York street as the city itself is very well-preserved!
From journal A long weekend in Yorkshire, England