Best’s Angels

Best’s Angels at Haden Hill House Museum & Park began in June 2015 after securing funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Sandwell Museums Services and The Friends of Haden Hill Estate.  Working with heritage artist JO LÖKI Best’s Angels is an investigation into two local girls Alice Cockin & Emily Bryant who grew up in

Active Arts

Active Arts are an arts centre specializing in adults with difficulties.  They visited us on the Best’s Angels project, specifically to explore our new exhibit ‘An Artistic Revelation’.  From this room they pulled out a lot of natural objects to explore through drawing.  The Sandwell Museum Service’s archives were also raided for other examples of

Emily’s diaries 1900 (part I)

The family’s travels in the year 1900 start with four weeks in Llandrindod Wells which they visited the previous spring.  John Edwin Shaw who would eventually marry Alice in 1904, would join them on this trip. “Most bitterly cold but bright intervals.  After reading went walk to Alpine Bridge via Cefnllys & the field &

Emily’s diary 1901

The summer of 1901 brings Emily’s diaries to a close.  While there was many blank pages yet to fill, for some reason she stops writing.  Her entries in the beginning are more sporadic than what we are used to.  However, we can surmise from these entries that the cause may be Mr. Best’s illness.  Perhaps this can

Emily’s diary 1900 (part III)

The family’s last trip in 1900 would be to Hayling Island on the South coast.  They would spend much of the trip traveling to the neighbouring seaside towns. “Started by 9.37 to Brighton, got there about 11.30.  Walked about streets looking at shops etc., till dinner time.  Had good dinner at the Royal Café –

Emily’s diaries 1900 (part II)

After visiting North Devon last year in the autumn the family returns in the hight of summer for a four week holiday.  This year they would base themselves at Saunton Sands rather than Ilfracombe, “Took dinner & walked to Baggy Point ‘wading’ both ways across Croyde Bay. Had dinner on cliffs just opposite Clovelly, lovely