Posted: Friday 28th February 2020
A Woman's World
Come for a wander down memory lane when a woman's workout wasn't the gym but the cleaning of the home. Where clothers were handmade, handed down (recycled!) or repaired (who is still able to darn a sock or sew on a button?). Where providing a hot meal for your family resulted in stocks of dirty dishes, arms up to your elbows in soap suds and reluctant 'dryerupperers' disappearing from sight. Our A Woman's World reminiscence box (pictured above) shows a selection of objects that were worn or used by women in their everyday life, that can bring back memories and prompt discussions of a time where gender roles were more strictly defined.
Other boxes covering the subjects of fashion, cleaning, cooking and sewing along with photographic books can be found and reserved online for collection at any Hertfordshire library. Alternatively you can ask staff at your local library, to place a reservation for you. To browse the collection or download our latest catalogue, follow the link to our website
Tongs and Pongs!
The steam, the flushed cheeks, the smell of ammonia - yep it's nappy boiling time! Whether they were being 'cooked' in a saucepan or you were lucky enough to invest in a Baby Berco Boiler, you needed a good set of tongs to retrieve the steaming mass. After a good rinse there was the satisfaction of seeing a line of white towelling squares, fluttering in the wind. In Granny's Kitchin Cupboard you can refrsh your memory of what a Berco Boiler looks like, along with other post-war goods, advertising and kitchen ites.
The Wash Day box features a set of tongs as well as other items that were needed to keep clothes as well as nappies clean and bright.
What our borrowers say:
After borrowing our 1940s reminiscence box the following comments were passed on to us
"Dad love the box. We went through some cards about rationing....I still have my ration card....prices, the quality of food, spies who printed and sold coupons etc.
Then we identified film stars. He was animated, happy and confident. He probably won't read a whole book but the pictures are enough to get him chatting."
It's hear-warming to hear the difference the Reminiscence Collection can make to those living with dementia and their carers.
Two brand new Twiddlemuffs, that were knitted by the lovely members of the Knit, Natter and Know group at Wheathampstead Community Library. Twiddlemuffs are knitted hand-warmers that provide sensory stimulation for people living with dementia. They keep restless hands busy and soothe and comfort those who are anxious or agitated.
What's going on in March?
To support International Women's Day (8th March 2020) you might be interested in borrowing Women's Century: an illustrated history of the Women's Institute.
Or put your feet up and watch Fast Women, The Ladies of Auto Racing.
To find out more about International Women's Day 2020 visit their website