Yesterday I went to Farnham Museum to see the "19th Century Childhood" exhibition. This promised to surprise and inspire visitors of all ages about life in 19th century Farnham from a child’s viewpoint, including toys and play, and the horrors of the workhouse.
Putting Waynes navigational skills to the test we made our way to Farnham. The museum is part of Farnham Maltings and not knowing the way he followed the few signs that were visible to there. Unfortunately the museum is not on the same site and is the other side of town. Braving the one way system Wayne courageously drove around, stopping to ask directions from the locals from time to time. But they didn’t seem to know where the museum was either. Eventually we found it but could not park outside and went to a nearby car park and then walked back to the museum. Farnham is a lovely old town but the cobbled streets do not allow for a smooth ride in a wheelchair. My teeth felt as though they were going to fall out.
I do like going to these obscure local history museums but sometimes they can be quite small. The ground floor consisted of three rooms, one dedicated to the Childhood exhibition, another to the coronation of Queen Victoria, and the last to Farnham in the First World War. Did you know that the two-minute silence observed throughout the world on Armistice Day each year originated in Farnham? There was no wheelchair access to the first floor.
Having finished at the museum we went to a pub for lunch where I had a delicious All Day Breakfast.
Then we went to a collectors’ fair that was taking place at the Maltings which we had seen when we first arrived. After a good look around I purchased a post card of a 1900 steam engine for my collection.farnhammaltings.com