Museum of Lincolnshire Life
- By: Lucy Veale
- 17th February
On Monday I travelled to the Museum of Lincolnshire Life in Lincoln
. The main purpose of my visit was to meet with Curator Sarah Basquill and to look at a few items from the museum stores with links to weather and climate. Lincolnshire has an excellent online catalogue of its cultural collections
and this is how I found the homemade weather gauge donated to the museum in 1967, a weather almanac for 1899 and a leaflet advertising Lincoln City Football Club’s Community Weather game that ran in 2007.
‘The ‘weather gauge’ is catalogued as a ‘domestic furnishing’, and is a clearly homemade weather house, quite different to the one I found at Calke Abbey
. This homemade version has only one figure remaining in its doorway. The gentleman is fixed to a piece of wire, so it is unlikely that this weather house would actually have worked, instead I think it was probably used to simply display what the day’s weather was like – if it was raining the gentleman would have been moved so he was outside of the house, if it was sunny, the lady would have been moved out.
Raphael’s Prophetic Almanac or the Prophetic Messenger and Weather Guide for 1899 comprises ‘a variety of useful matter and tables’, including predictions of the events and the weather that will occur in each month during the year. It was published in London by W. Foulsham and Co.
The leaflet for the ‘Imps Community Weather Game’ details a competition run by Lincoln City Football Club (the Imps) and Co-op Lincoln in 2007. Entrants had to match numbers with temperatures reported in the Lincolnshire Echo and Daily Telegraph for six locations.
These three items effectively show just how diverse museum collections can be, particularly those items kept in storage which these three all are.
Almanac/Weather Guide for 1899
'Imps Community Weather Game'
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