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Abbey needs artefacts to bring new attraction to life

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An appeal has been launched for artefacts to help bring the former domestic wing of Anglesey Abbey to life.

A Heritage Lottery-funded project will soon give visitors the chance to experience life below stairs in the domestic wing of the abbey in Lode, which once supported the luxury lifestyle of its former owner, the first Lord Fairhaven, who bequeathed the house and estate to the National Trust when he died in 1966.

The plan is to dress domestic rooms such as the butler’s pantry, kitchen, scullery, servants’ hall and brushing room with authentic artefacts from 1926 to 1966, the period that the house was owned by Lord Fairhaven. A list of artefacts has been compiled ranging from local cinema and theatre tickets, tea trays and potato mashers to cake storage and coal scuttles.

Interpretation officer, Rachel Stock, said: “We hope to give the rooms a real authentic feel with visitors being able to handle the artefacts. We’re hoping that people will search the back of old cupboards and sheds and donate items they no longer need or want.”

The trust is also looking to recruit a domestic collections and donations volunteer to look after these artefacts. Duties will include identifying and sourcing artefacts, recording items on a catalogue management system, and helping to develop future plans for displays to keep the story fresh for visitors. The role would involve a commitment of at least one day a fortnight, with additional work during the development phase from January to June.

Details of the list of artefacts and domestic collections and donations volunteer position can be found on the abbey’s website at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/angleseyabbey/join-in

 

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