Market Lavington Museum

Making starch and pre detergent washing mixtures

In our previous blog, we looked at the page of photographs of girls learning how to hand wash clothes in late Victorian times. This poster, on the kitchen wall in Market Lavington Museum, shows whole class learning

and the pupils being given opportunities for practical work. Here they are making starch, to give some body to floppy materials.

The storage shelves behind the girls are not dissimilar to those in the museum kitchen, which came from Knapp Farmhouse in Market Lavington.

In our museum collection, we also have a printed copy of 1860s recipes for making washing products before the advent of washing powders and detergents.