STRIPED blazer and boater, “flapper” dress and feather boa – Bexhill Museum volunteers went back to the Roaring Twenties for their annual summer Family Fun Day on Friday, July 25th.
The Fun Day is held in partnership with Bexhill Carnival and supported by Hastings Direct. Among activities enjoyed by hordes of children who attended the free event was making head-bands to wear at the following day’s carnival.
For pensioners it was an opportunity for browsing some of the museum’s online archive by trying their hand at the computers in the voluntarily-run charity’s Access Centre.
But the day belonged to the youngsters and the Education Room was packed throughout with mums and dads watching the children make the head-bands or constructing photo collages based on a Twenties shot of the former Caffyns garage in Station Road.
It wasn’t only the volunteers who dressed for the occasion. Visitor Caroline Gee wore the full Twenties look from head to toe as she enjoyed the Costume Gallery and the special Twenties fashion display in the foyer.
Museum curator Julian Porter was kept busy explaining the workings of a Twenties toast-making machine, gramophone and hairdresser’s permanent wave-making machine. His mini-display was complemented by advertisements for the products culled from the files of the Bexhill Observer and its then rival the Chronicle, now in museum safe-keeping.
Organiser Rachel Heminway-Hurst had a constant queue of youngsters awaiting her face-paintings skills.
In total, 969.people came through the museum’s doors.