It’s me again and in this blog I am going to be writing a blog that is close to my heart.
I haven’t been asked by the Museum to write this blog post but I thought that this would be a cool way of creating awareness of Headstone Manor Museum ahead of its Grand Opening.
The reason why this is close to my heart is because the Museum itself was the first place that I gained work experience. The Museum gave me an opportunity to put the skills that I developed from university into good use. I invested and devoted three years of service of working at the Museum so to go back to where it all began was a very special moment where I could reflect and be proud about what the Museum did for me.
This situation came about because I was invited to attend a special preview of the Museum and I couldn’t resist the temptation. I was flattered to be invited so I gladly accepted.
When I arrived at the Museum, it brought back memories of the route I used to take to get to the Museum, seeing familiar faces was quite comforting, it felt like I was there yesterday.
There was a good turn out of people who wanted to see the preview so I was as excited as they were so I found this very promising.
When I got to the main entrance, I was very humbled to see the professionalism of the entry point. The signs were clearly instructed, I went into the Small Barn where their was a video that touched briefly on the history of Harrow and significance of the site. For me it looked fabulous, I thought the introductory video was put together very well.
After going into the Small Barn, I went into the Manor House which is where the main part of the Museum starts.
Beforehand, I haven’t got the opportunity to actually go to the Manor House itself so I was very excited to go in and explore the different rooms around the house. When I saw the exterior, it kind of blew me away, it was like one of those properties you would expect on DIY SOS or Extreme Makeover Home Edition shows where in the aftermath of the work that was carried out to the House itself, it looked fabulous. (The house had been in restoration for a few years)
The Museum started off in the present and when I walked into each room, it was like stepping into time.
What I liked about the Museum was that the route I took from the start to finish was very well planned and well organised so you could go into one room and out another which was good. I also liked that there was loads to see and there was something to see for everyone.
The bit I found interesting was learning about how the railway influenced Harrow and how the people of Harrow reacted or thought about change in terms of railways been implemented.
I also liked the idea that there was a Research Room/Library Room where visitors can go into the room and carry out their own investigations in their own time.
After I visited the Museum, I went off to an afternoon tea where I caught up with some old faces who I worked with in my time at the Museum and I got the opportunity to meet some new faces.
On reflecting upon the day, I’m just glad that I went along to the Special Launch and that the three years I have invested in volunteering at the Museum have been put to good use.
I want to thank all the people who were involved in putting this event together and the opening of the Museum.
The staff and volunteers of the Museum have done a tremendous job and they can be proud of themselves of what they have achieved.
I would definitely recommend visiting Headstone Manor Museum to anyone who has an interest in local history or likes visiting historic properties.
If you want to find about the Museum, you can visit their website at HeadstoneManor.org
Thank you as always in reading my blog.
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