Although I never used to a lover of the subject of History, as a child from the age of about 10 I believe (approx. 1966 I joined the Saturday Morning Museum Club at Eastgate House when Michael Moad was the Curator. I cannot remember the exact dates but have great memories of spending a wonderful few years, exploring the Museum. Activities included treasure hunts around the museum trying to find the artefacts described by the clues.
Occasionally trips were organised by the club organisers, one I remember was Lullingstone Roman Villa. Back then with no family car (or internet) these trips were a way that brought history to life in a way the books couldn't.
Christmas time was always a favourite time of mine as we would put on a Christmas Carol concert, for our families, on one of the upper floors not normally accessible to the Public and we were allowed to dress in the real Victorian Costumes, now displayed, until it was realised they were becoming too fragile. I remember photos being taken and was hoping the renovations might have unearthed some of the pictures.
Dickens chalet was always a favourite when we were allowed to go in there. Michaels daughter took over with the club I believe.
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