Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

A bright idea came into Alice’s head. “Is that the reason so many tea-things are put out here?” she asked.
“Yes, that’s it,” said the Hatter with a sigh: “it’s always tea-time, and we’ve no time to wash the things between whiles.”

Wakefield Museum is stuck at 6 o’clock – it’s tea time for a while…..  Pull up a chair and join the mad hatter’s tea party. 
Our new atrium case display uses objects from the museum collections to create an Alice in Wonderland tea party.  Here are some of the objects that are on display

A Victorian occasional table

A gateleg oak table dating to c.1680


Victorian ladder back chair, with rush seat


A child’s chair from a barber’s shop. This chair was originally bought from Claughtons of Leeds by Jonny Box when he first started his barber shop business. His barber’s shop was located over Rowells Ladies' Outfitters shop at the top of Carlton Street, Castleford.


A Measham Ware teapot, c. 1890. People that lived on canal boats would order these pots and have them inscribed with the names of their friends and relatives.

A very ornate fruit bowl

A selection of fancy cups and saucers

The display will be in place until May 2014, entry to Wakefield One is free.
Tea party event: Wednesday 26 March, 5PM – 7.30PM
If you would like to take part in our tea party celebrations come to Wakefield Museum on Wednesday 26 March 5.00 - 7.30pm. 
You can decorate a cupcake taking inspiration from our marvellous Alice in Wonderland Atrium Case display.  Then make a cup and saucer to take it home in!
All are welcome… hatters, dormice and March Hares - fancy dress is optional!
Drop in any time between 5pm and 7.30pm. Entry to the museum and all activities are free.
This event is part of Wakefield’s Artwalk.  For more info about the Artwalk visit: http://artwalk.org.uk/

“… I’ll never go there again!” said Alice as she picked her way through the wood. “It’s the stupidest tea-party I ever was at in all my life!”

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