Sponsor an object at the Priest’s House Museum in Dorset
The Priest’s House Museum at Wimborne in Dorset invites you to participate in a Community Fundraising Day on Saturday December 9th to support its Revival Project. During the day, which takes place between 10am and 3pm you will have a unique opportunity to sponsor an object from the museum’s collections, as well as getting involved in the great pudding stir!
The great pudding stir!
Visitors are invited to take part in the annual Great Pudding Stir at the event, as the museum spreads a little festive cheer.
The recipe used is taken from the indispensable kitchen bible, Beeton’s Book of Household Management, edited by Mrs Isabella Beeton between 1859 and 1861. The original recipe for ‘A Plain Christmas Pudding for Children’ contained:
• 1 lb. of flour
• 1 lb. of breadcrumbs
• ¾ lb. of stoned raisins
• ¾ lb. of currants
• ¾ lb. of suet
• 3 or 4 eggs, milk
• 2 oz. of candied peel
• 1 teaspoonful of powdered allspice
• ½ teaspoonful of salt
It took five hours to make and would feed nine or ten children at an average cost of one shilling and ninepence. The museum team will be adding 8oz. of sugar to their pudding to make it more palatable for modern tastes.
Visitors will get a chance to stir a huge bowl of the dry mix and make a Christmas wish, before sampling the final product heated on the coal-fired range.
Admission to the museum is free on the day. There is a charge of £1 per person to take part in the pudding sti.
Sponsor an object
The museum has over 35,000 objects that tell the story of the people who have lived in East Dorset. These include artefacts of national significance as well as much beloved local objects from Wimborne and the rural villages.
50 objects have been selected from the collections which deserve sponsorship. They include:
• A Wimborne Railway Station sign
• Valentine cards from the later Georgian to the mid-Victorian period
• Objects from the most comprehensive Verwood pottery collection in existence
• Edward Bear Esquire, our Steiff bear
• A Second World War wedding dress made of parachute silk
A catalogue will be available on the day to help you pick your favourite objects to sponsor. It will also be possible to make a donation on the Priest’s House Museum’s website.
Emma Ayling, Museum Director, says:
“The Revival Project will ensure that the museum, and its important collections are not lost to the community of East Dorset. Even if you are not able to attend on the day, the sponsorship programme will continue throughout December and into the New Year.“
Remember, the Priest's House is part of our YAC Pass scheme, so YAC members can get a special offer when they visit!