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Photo by Ash Mills

On the evening of Wednesday 16th November the Museum hosted the Elizabeth House Social Club members, a club for adults with disabilities.

I was one of several volunteers there to guide people around and be generally welcoming and chatty! This was the second year this event has been held and people had clearly looked forward to coming , some hoping  fish pie was on the menu again (it was, and very popular) and, in one case, delighted to re-acquaint herself with the bustards! Naturally food came first, the cafe coming up trumps as always, with lots of second helpings asked for and provided.

Afterwards we looked round the Constable exhibition (“Is it our Cathedral? That one out there?”).  I escorted two ladies who wanted to see Dr Neighbour’s surgery, and also to put some distance between themselves and a very loud ( but very good) duo of trumpet and guitar. One lady turned out to be a great fan of Time Team and her friend was awfully fond of Julian Richards! Both knew an incredible amount about Old Sarum and Stonehenge and prowled happily round the Wessex Gallery. Eventually everyone ended up in the Wessex Gallery listening to the duo. For me the highlight of the evening came right at the end when R, a gentleman I used to work with and have known for years, sang ‘ Hallelujah ‘ with the guitarist.  It was such a joyous evening. Thanks to all the Museum staff. Please do it again next year. I volunteer in advance!