Posted Jan 2018
Introducing the only museum in the world dedicated to antique breadboards!
Rosslyn, a long-standing Putney resident, collected them over the years. Her daughter displayed the collection safely and attractively in Rosslyn’s front room for her to enjoy as the Alzheimer’s gradually worsened. Having recently passed away, the micro-museum is open to the public for tours and cream teas. “Guests just love the warm woody atmosphere and the ornate Victorian carving.” says Madeleine, her daughter.
Breadboards are symbolic of hearth and home, caring and sharing, God and his daily bread. Some were personal commissions, to celebrate weddings and birthdays, jubilees and harvest. Others were mass produced as the price of bread came down and the populace could afford a board to put it on.
The carvers and workshops were mostly unknown, so this museum hopes to celebrate their great skills and creativity.
Some items for sale.
Visits by appointment only, £20 per guest including generous cream tea. Maximum 5 guests per tour. To book go to: www.airbnb.co.uk/experiences/126487
Want to stay longer? You can book a night in the Museum! Yes you can stay in a single room
Antique Breadboard Museum
17 Lifford Street,
Putney SW15 1NY.
Call Madeleine on 020 8785 2464
Bring friends and family along for a private viewing of this micromuseum, seating up to 5 guests. Tours are conducted by the resident curator, daughter of the collector, in the front room of her own home. All exhibits can be handled and one board is chosen by the party to present the scones for tea, included in the price. Pass a joyful afternoon learning about the history of breadboards, their woods, materials and motifs. Contribute your own reminiscences to the social history section of our blog and bring your own to show. Wheelchair-accessible, heated Victorian privy, toddlers and small dogs all welcome. Hosting birthday parties, Mother’s Day teas, Valentine’s Day treats and reunions in this cosy haven, dripping with Victorian artistry. Visit our blog for more information : https://antiquebreadboards.com/ or telephone 020 8785 2464 to discuss other dates. We look forward to hearing from you!
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BREADBOARD MUSEUM: Here’s a niche museum experience if ever we did see one. Putney local Madeleine Neave runs The Antique Breadboard Museum out of her own reception room, and invites you to take a look at her collection while enjoying an English Cream Tea — served off your favourite breadboard, no less. The Antique Breadboard Museum (Putney), £20, book ahead, 2.30pm-4.30pm
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Breadboard Museum needs carvers
The delightful Antique Breadboard Museum is looking for artists who work in wood to visit their museum, get inspired and join their list of carvers for commissions. They also have an exhibition in May in Putney, London, and are looking for demonstrators. You can get in touch through their website. They are a small, private museum where all the collection is accessible and can be handled. Their visitors can even eat off the pieces! Their website and wonderful collection is certainly worth a browse.
Their Conference was an impressive line-up of presenters, all supporting the crafts in different ways. Emma Bridgewater explained how she had revived part of the pottery industry in Stoke, and I thought what a brilliant thought if breadboard carving could be revived in Sheffield. The infrastructure is still all there and the skills.