On Thursday (also St. Swithin’s Day) I visited Flintham Museum in Nottinghamshire.
From 1911-1982 Fred White and his daughter Muriel ran the village shop at Flintham. Every day that they opened (not on Sundays), they recorded their thoughts about the day’s weather as well as making a note of the shop takings. The weather had the potential to ruin stock and often influenced customer buying patterns.
The old stock and paperwork rescued from the shop now forms the displays of Flintham Museum. Visitors can compare the weather on the day of their visit with that on the same day in 1912, 1922, 1932, 1942, 1952 and 1962.
The museum’s latest addition is a weather station in the garden where visitors can take recordings of temperature, pressure, wind direction and rainfall, forming a contemporary weather diary.
The visit to Flintham was really inspiring and generated lots of new ideas for the project, thanks Sue!