Market Lavington Museum

Jubilee playing cards

This year, 2022, we have just past the date in February when King George VI died in 1952 and his daughter Elizabeth became queen, so she has already reigned for 70 years. At the beginning of June, there will be a long weekend of Platinum Jubilee events planned up and down the country as well as in Market Lavington. We hope that we might be able to re-open the museum to visitors that weekend, after a long spell of upheaval due to building work, redecoration and reorganisation.

One of our new displays will focus on the various Jubilee celebrations that have taken place here during Queen Elizabeth’s long reign as well as taking a look at some of the connected memorabilia bought by local folk and now donated to the museum.

We will include pictures and artefacts dating from the Silver Jubilee in 1977, the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and the Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

At Market Lavington Museum, we have various packs of Playing Cards and, amongst our Silver Jubilee items, we have a pack produced for the occasion by Waddingtons.

The backs of the cards feature a picture of the Queen.

Most of the cards have normal hearts, spades, clubs and diamonds designs, but the Ace of Spades has been made especially for the Silver Jubilee.

We wonder what merchandise will be produced for the Platinum Jubilee that might make its way into the museum collection eventually. Meanwhile, we hope that many of our readers will be able to visit the museum when we re-open and see the Jubilees display and many others.