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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Behind the Scenes at Miss Porter’s House Museum

Ever wondered what happens behind the scenes in a museum?

Well, here’s your chance to find out – join a small group tour and see treasures up close.

Also, learn about how objects are preserved and experience the Miss Porter’s House stories in a new way. 

“The viability of community groups and volunteer-supported organisations was severely tested during 2020 COVID-19 lockdowns,” management committee deputy chair Jean Bridges said.

“After being closed for a long period, Miss Porter’s House reopened to visitors in November.

“To celebrate, the volunteers who care for the house on behalf of the National Trust are organising a series of special events, in addition to the usual monthly open days.”

Behind the Scenes at Miss Porter’s House Museum, scheduled for 17 and 18 February, is the first on this program.

Visitors will have the opportunity to witness some of the more than 6000 items that are preserved by a group of dedicated volunteers.

Some objects like the wedding dress, historic lace and hand-cut stencils are rarely displayed. 

“Miss Porter’s House was built in 1909,” Ms Bridges said.

“The family lived in their Edwardian terrace home until 1997 when it was bequeathed to the National Trust by Hazel Porter.

“It survives with contents intact as a living snapshot of life in 20th century Newcastle.

“Now, visitors can choose one of two different tours and experience museum objects behind the scenes.

“See special occasion fashions and exquisite craft as never before.”

The Wedding Collection: clothing, accessories and stories will take place on Wednesday 17 February, with session one from 10.30am until noon; or session two between 1.30pm and 3pm.

Made By Hand: stencils, crochet, baskets and lace is available on Thursday 18 February (10.3am-noon; 1.30pm-3pm).

The cost is $20 per session, including a goody bag.

However, bookings are essential.

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Miss Porter’s House Museum is located at 434 King Street, Newcastle.

The National Trust is a registered charity, which preserves heritage items for the benefit of the public.

The Trust receives no regular government funding. 

For further enquiries, phone 4927 0202.

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