A comment from Volunteer Maggie Hunter after Alan Clarke’s latest blog and his inclusion of Ben Salter’s magical railway simulation. If you haven’t watched it yet, you are missing a gem:
“Living in Downton it is quite nostalgic walking up on Barford Down on top of the tunnel which reappears lower down. There are lots of badger sets along the buried section, so one can imagine the badgers running along underneath having quite a good time. There is also a book written about the thriving station, written by descendants of the station master, and now built over by houses. Thanks for all your articles which give us a some feeling of normality!”
“Thank you for finding so many things to interest us during this miserable time.”
Volunteer Alan Crooks, a regular contributor, wrote, in response to one of our quiz questions:
“”…only 50 years after Alcock and Brown completed the first ever transatlantic flight, a man walked on the moon.” This reminded me of Jeanne Calment, a French woman who died in 1997 at the age of 122. She was aged 28 when the Wright brothers made the first powered flight and lived to see Man landing on the Moon. “
“Excellent narrative. Is there a “Common Name” in the UK, or Europe in general, for the Projectile Points recovered with the Archer ? They appear quite distinctive in the hafting area and are well made. (I’m involved in Archaeology in North America) .”
Director Adrian Green says “They are called ‘barbed and tanged arrowheads’ which date back to the Early Bronze Age.”
From Alan Crooks, echoing the thoughts of many of us….
“Fascinating series of mini-talks from Adrian. I’ve only just got around to watching them – been awaiting the onset of some poorer weather to warrant being indoors 😀.”
And from Maggie Hunter….
“Please thank all of you who are keeping us up to date with Museum. Now that Adrian has shown us the original chess figure from the drainage collection, should we keep quiet that the one on display is only a copy?”
The usual busy week often doesn’t allow for readers’ comments on past blogs to be included. However, they are very welcome and are not ignored. Please use the comment facility (top right of each blog) to keep in touch. Here is a selection from earlier in the year:
“Interesting reading about Florence Nightingale. Thank you. They do have a small amount of memorabilia on display at Wilton House. I also recommend a visit to the church at Wellow where she is buried.” Mags Kirby
“Love the Salisbury museum blog“. A Livingstone
“We live in a far-flung postcode which dictates that we are occasional visitors. What we have seen we have enjoyed and with luck we shall see some of this year’s exhibitions. What we have heard is as impressive. We know the Museum, for all its professional creativity and direction, survives with the support of the enthusiastic, knowledgeable and dedicated band of volunteers. Without them the Museum would have died a death by a thousand cuts as might the high-flyer at the top of the ladder – KSR. We would know that face anywhere.“
All the way from Russia….
“Dear Alan Crooks! Thanks for the interesting story!The city of Salisbury helped Stalingrad during the war years! Thanks to the people of Salisbury for their help! Sincerely, Alexander Bunin“ STALINGRAD FOUNDATION (VOLGOGRAD)
“I think the Tudor spoon shown may be a dole spoon. Breamore has a medieval one in their kitchen. It is supposed to hold enough food to sustain a starving person for a day. Maybe this spoon is smaller, but it is an interesting thought.” S Brumfitt
And all the way from New Zealand….
“Thank you Alan – loved the photo, and your commentary. A lot of nostalgia!My family and I left Salisbury in 1965, for New Zealand where we settled, and seeing this photo brought back many memories.” R Gay