Thursday, 21 November 2013

We only came for the twiglets...



The 1960s returned last Friday as local residents joined us for an evening of 60s music, quizzes, snacks and fun in the Royal British Legion Club in Bottisham.

We organised the event to promote the Domestic Wing project at Anglesey Abbey to local people, and give them the chance to find out more and get involved.

Our team of staff, volunteers, interns and local Community Ambassadors are bringing the 'below stairs' rooms back to life in a major conservation project funded by the National Trust and Heritage Lottery Fund, for opening to the public next year. The rooms will reflect how Lord Fairhaven's staff were living and working in 1966, the year he died, and the house passed into the care of the National Trust. We are planning to run activities for visitors in the newly opened rooms and hoping that lots of local people will want to get involved.
On Friday, 'sophisticated' snacks (cheese and pineapple, devilled eggs, twiglets), a 60s soundtrack, and photos of 60s items and local life soon got people reminiscing. "We recognised a lot of the items – we even have a lot of the items!" said Lynn.

We got into the 60s groove ourselves by doing essential research into appropriate fashion and hairstyles, playing Twister and challenging people's memories with music and movie quizzes.






During the evening several people promised us 60s items for the Domestic Wing project and signed up for volunteer roles. Community Ambassadors are promoting the project further by talking to local community groups, distributing flyers and publicising volunteer opportunities.

If you'd like to know more about volunteering opportunities in the Domestic Wing please get in touch with
us at angleseyabbey@nationaltrust.org.uk 

Kate Boursnell
Community Reporter
Anglesey Abbey

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