Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee
As the Jubilee weekend started, Market Lavington Museum was given a number of books and magazines about past royal events. Some date back to the Victorian era and have had a bit of a chequered life. Ok – that means that some are in poor condition.
But that poor condition has allowed us to make an instant display regarding Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The pages of a souvenir magazine are mostly loose and can be separated. They make an ideal display for the clear-topped table upstairs in the museum.
The front cover (nearest the camera) is particularly battered. That shows the elderly Victoria. The interior pages are in a much better condition. Of course, the events of 1897 make an interesting comparison with the events of 2012 – our own Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.
For many people the adverts in these magazines are more interesting than the editorial content. Just look at these prams and carriages.
Other magazines we were given include one for the Royal Wedding of 1893 (the couple were to become George V and Queen Mary) and one for the Silver Jubilee of George V in 1935. If you visit the museum, do ask to see them.