The collectors’ room

This front room was originally divided in two, with the end facing the street serving as a small shop. You can still see where the shop doorway would have been on the left-hand side of the wall. The back of the room may have been a workshop. The slanting window is original, and would have looked out onto the garden.

By the door into the Collectors’ room, on the right-hand side of the door frame, you can see a ‘VV’ sign, known as a ‘viva mark’. This was often scratched onto walls and doors to ward off evil spirits. The candle burn marks on the outside of the door frame were probably made to protect the house from fire.

The room is full of treasures from the museum collections with more on show in the pull-out drawers.