I got some great things at the People's Palace, Glasgow. Fabulous vintage advertising postcards and tins. Love this tea caddy. The Cath Kidston mug was part of my gorgeous Christmas present from my son and daughter in law.
As for the museum itself ... well ... I know museums are trying really hard to attract youngsters by providing lots of "hands on" activities. But I feel that somewhere along the way they have lost a lot of the atmosphere I can remember from when I was young. To my young mind museums were full of fascinating and wonderful things that sent me back home to my encyclopaedias and the local branch library to find out more about them.I can still remember the muffled silence and the smell of polish and age of our local museum as I wandered around totally in awe of everything I could see, and at the same time excited by what I would discover in the next display case.
My recent visit to the People's Palace was spoiled by lots of unruly children (where were their parents/carers?) pushing in front of me when I was trying to look at exhibits, shouting to their friends and running around. A friend and I sat to watch and listen to a video clip of the history of the local prison which was totally spoiled by kids running in and out of the little room trying to climb the door of the mock prison cell to shout too their friends on the other side. I won't be back there for a very long time!
Anyway, enough of the rant! My favourite part of the visit was the exhibit about the "steamie" or public washhouse, where women went to do their washing.
When I saw this pram, it reminded me of a photograph of my brother (what a chubby little boy he was!)and I in a similar pram. I actually remember the colour of that little basket I'm holding - it was yellow, I loved it and took it everywhere with me, and my Dad used to sing that song "A Tisket a Tasket" to me.