A little something extra

A theatre in miniature

A theatre in miniature

I don’t suppose you were expecting this, and neither was I really!  My visit to Preston Park Museum was a series of lovely surprises.  I turned a corner to be greeted by a sign demanding CREATE!  Well, it’s not one of my strong suites, but I was quite happy to look.

Apparently Cleveland College of Art and Design had done some work for the reopening of the museum, and examples of this are on display.  A theatre made of cardboard cut outs was the chief exhibit.  My photos don’t do it justice but I thought it was enchanting.

The leading lady?

The leading lady?

Supporting act

Supporting act!

The full cast

The full ensemble

Aside from the theatre, there was costume, millinery and pure quirkiness on show.  Creative, for sure.  It made me want to see more of the students work.

A distinguished gentleman looks on

Feathers and curls!

The devil is in the detail

The devil is in the detail?

And lastly, six costumes designed for the Victorian Street.

Appropriately dressed for a trip to the ironmongers

Appropriately dressed for a trip to the Ironmongers

If you saw Gracious living, Victorian style earlier this week you’ll know how much I loved the museum.  My next destination will be the Victorian Street.  Hopefully it won’t disappoint.  I’ve already been asked if there will be cake.  What self-respecting Victorian Street doesn’t have cake?


  1. I love the little cardboard stage scene … I gave away a couple of years ago a book about the ballet “The Nutcracker” and when open up the middle of the book it because a stage like this .. and it also contained a cd with the music .. there was paper dolls to move around on the stage – just an amazing book …
    The Victorian époque was just so romantic to enjoy today … but I can guess it was tough to live in .. especially for women.

    1. I love books like that, Vivi. I used to have that kind of thing too 🙂 I loved this feature in the museum. It was so different and yet it fit in so well 🙂
      Thank you for sitting so long with me today. I hope you’re not too sore? Big hug! xx

    1. Thanks a lot, Terri 🙂 I’ve had great fun with my posts about the museum, and that’s what it’s about really, isn’t it? And helping to promote worthwhile places locally too.

  2. I really like these costumes. They are both colorful and fun. And I have to tell you that I don’t believe creativity isn’t as natural to you as breathing! From what you’ve shared about your daughter I can tell she is very creative. I think you must have had some influence there. LOL!

    1. Debbie, you’re very kind. 🙂 My Lisa is a carbon copy (oops, nearly said cardboard!) of her Nan. That’s where the talent comes from. I’m just her slightly scatterbrained, but lovable, mother. And I LOVE this theatre 🙂

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