History Matters || Take a step back in time these school holidays

HOLIDAY FUN: 'Find the Beardies' is just one of the activities that is available for children to interact with the past during these school holidays.
HOLIDAY FUN: 'Find the Beardies' is just one of the activities that is available for children to interact with the past during these school holidays.

Have you wondered what it would have been like to live in the "Olden Days"?

Step back in time with a visit to The Land of The Beardies History House Museum at the corner of Ferguson Street and East Avenue, which showcases the lives of people from Glen Innes and surrounding area in the past.

The museum documents the domestic lives of our ancestors, with displays of transport, washing machines and fridges, as well as rooms set up to show life in a kitchen, parlour, bedroom and dining room. A slab cottage shows what life would have been like in the early days.

The textile room shows the types of clothing that would have been worn and the children's room shows children the types of toys they could have played with after they had helped with the 'chores'. They can also see what an old school room would have looked like for their ancestors. Imagine what it would have been like to have been sick with a visit to the dental, chemist and hospital displays.

Observe the industries that thrived in Glen Innes, with displays focusing on the boot factory, the butter factory and mining. Agricultural pursuits are also showcased in displays on the honey industry, agriculture and mining.

Old forms of communication can be seen when viewing the old printing press, the switch board from the telephone exchange, the old phones and phone box, the old Grahams Valley post office and old gramophones.

A visit to the Services Memorial Room acknowledges the efforts our ancestors went to during various wars to fight for our freedom and the world we live in today.

Visit the Museum these holidays, where activities are available for children to interact with the past of their ancestors.

"Find the Beardies" is an activity where children have to located 10 'Beardies' located around the Museum and name the object they are sitting on and say what it was used for. "What am I?" - children are given a description of an object and then locate and name it.

An innovation has been introduced these holidays with the school room being opened on a Thursday at 10.30am and 2pm for children to experience the old school room experience by using slate boards, quills and dip pens.