Picture perfect day out at Saffron Walden Museum

PUBLISHED: 16:10 22 July 2010

Cycling at Mill Green, Broxted, Essex, 1930s. Reproduced by permission of English Heritage NMR

Cycling at Mill Green, Broxted, Essex, 1930s. Reproduced by permission of English Heritage NMR

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A COLLECTION of nostalgic photos capturing the England of yesteryear feature at an evocative new exhibition at Saffron Walden Museum.

A COLLECTION of nostalgic photos capturing the England of yesteryear feature at an evocative new exhibition at Saffron Walden Museum.

England at Leisure, a celebration of relaxation and enjoyment, the English way, opened on Saturday and will run until Sunday September 26.

The exhibition is comprised of a selection of photographs from the National Monuments Record, the public archive of English Heritage, with additional objects from the museum’s own collections.

Covering all manner of leisure activities, from photographs of Victorian ladies on bicycles in Hyde Park to objects of local interest such as an early-20th century trophy from a Saffron Walden bowling club, the exhibition has wide appeal.

England at Leisure is accompanied by a fascinating illustrated book, Leisure, containing many of the images you will be able to see at the museum.

Curator Carolyn Wingfield said: “The wonderfully evocative photographs in this exhibition explore leisure time enjoyed by adults and children from the 1860s up to the 1960s.

“The exhibition is supplemented with a range of objects from the museum’s own collection, including a donkey’s straw hat, vintage swimming costumes, conductors’ batons, sports trophies and Punch and Judy puppets.”

The theme of leisure is reflected in the museum’s summer family holiday activities.

There will be drop-in sessions on Wednesdays 4, 11 and 18 August from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm, when families can enjoy games and pastimes from past times.

The usual entrance charges apply: adults £1.50; discounts 75p and children free, but children MUST bring an adult.

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