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Posted: Sep 9, 2018

Growing Up in Edwardian Wimborne and Further Afield

A talk that scratches the surface of the so-called 'Golden Age' and looks at how real children lived, worked and played.

© National Trust: Bankes of Kingston Lacy family and estate archive, deposited with Dorset History Centre

Alice Sage, curator of a new exhibition at the museum, will be giving a talk on Friday 28 September 2018, 7pm at the museum.

'Growing Up in Edwardian Wimborne and Further Afield' will explore the stories of four girls from Edwardian Wimborne. Alice will scratch the surface of the so-called 'Golden Age' and look at how real children lived, worked and played.

The four girls feature in the new exhibition 'Wildflowers'. It has been produced in partnership with Dorset History Centre and Kingston Lacy as part of the Unlocking the Bankes Archive project. The exhibition runs until the end of November 2018.

Elsie Stanton, like most girls in Edwardian Wimborne, went to the local school and then worked in domestic service. Barbara Baker was the middle class daughter of the rector of Witchampton. Lizzie Bailey lived in Wimborne before being sent to St Faith’s Home in Parkstone.

Finally Viola Bankes was the middle daughter of Walter and Henrietta Bankes of Kingston Lacy. Her brother Ralph was the final owner of the extensive estates, and bequeathed the house and collections to the National Trust.

Tickets for the talk cost £5 and are available from Wimborne Tourist Information Centre or on 01202 886116. Booking is essential.

For further information please contact the museum.

Image: © National Trust: Bankes of Kingston Lacy family and estate archive, deposited with Dorset History Centre

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