WE ARE A FAMILY HISTORY & RESEARCH CENTRE ~ inside our local Folk History Museum, founded by Merrill & Peter Rhodes 20 years ago ~ The Old School in Church Street ~ Sutton on Hull ~ HU7 4TL .. our historic area covers the former St James parish area, so also Stoneferry, Wilmington, St Marks & The Groves. Perhaps we should have called it 'The Merrill Museum'; that would have been very appropriate

Hello Everyone

Sadly, most of you will have been expecting this.

We had hoped that, with things not being quite so bad around Hull and East Yorkshire, at least as yet, we may have been able to squeeze another couple of weeks before we had to inevitably close.

But in the light of current advice, and given that no one can know exactly when, or even if, infection rates around here will start to rise, it has been decided that caution is the better course. Particularly given that so many of our volunteers, and indeed visitors, are senior citizens and therefore most at risk. It seems, looking around, that most other clubs and societies are taking the same precautionary measures.

So the Museum will close until further notice, possibly at least until the end of April. By then we should have a better idea what the future may hold and hopefully be able to review the situation a bit more accurately.

All of the planned future events are therefore cancelled for the time being.  Some, like the model railway event next month, may get re-scheduled for later in the year.  The Jack Harrison VC 3-day event, plus the May VE-Day exhibtion, the Headscarves Project, and any others that I've missed, will also be cancelled.

If any of you have any ideas how we can mitigate the worst of this enforced closure, please feel free. My mind is numb at the minute, and can well understand how folks will be feeling. Most folks will have a great deal more to consider than worry about our museum, and we feel for them too.  We can only wish everyone all the very best.

Between the website itself, the phone and FaceBook, we’ll find a way to stay in touch with one another.

Stay safe everyone, and until we meet again .. ..

All the best to Everyone, wherever you are, from all at the Museum.

Spring Flowers, to cheer us all up.

Our Old Village Schools in 1911  --- and today !

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By way of raising a smile .. .. . . in these straightened times.

Click on the graphics above, just either side of the clock.  We could do with a good laugh, especially at Danger.  Our Museum advertises two universal cure-alls, that should help in the present crisis and ward off unwanted attentions.

We thought we'd like to show you a couple of ancient posters we have on display inside the museum. These caught my eye just as I was checking round the place and locking up - perhaps for some time - after I called up there this morning to finish a couple of jobs left undone from last week. 

But, was I alone. I could hear creaking and strange noises . . .  wierd.

We have a jolly "Jak Tar" doing his hornpipe to bring you the disinfectant to end all disinfectants. Reckits, Proctor & Gamble, eat your hearts out. This is the stuff to finish anything. Boy, do we need something like this for now. But, note, it was not good for cats.  But for dancing, it's brilliant.

Then we have Dr Drake, and his miraculous cures. I'm often weak at the knees, so this should do the trick! In the meantime, I'm self-isolating in my Man Shed, with a good supply of whisky and gin, purely for hand-washing you understand, old fashioned soap being in such short supply.  Not sure if this will do much good for my heavy breathing and smarting lions, but we'll give it a try.  Always knew big cats were very clever, eh.  But for now folks, I'm going on the pill.  Drake's Pill.
(Go on, read that bit again ... we've got to make you work at something).

There's a theme here, folks, Jak Tar and Drake ?? Got it? ... we're saved, by the Royal Navy yet again.  So let's here it for all our lads and lasses afloat defending our shipping lanes and bringing us Good Cheer. 

In the meantime, we have news that all roadsigns containing place names are to be either removed or turned around.  This is to confusticate the enemy, for we believe if Mr Covid has no firm directions, he'll not find his way here to trouble us and, who knows, he may well miss Hull and The East Riding altogether. !?!

So, where's my hand-washing substance.  I can assure you that something like a normal service may be resumed one day.  I may be one day.

In the meantime, look after each other, till we meet again!  And smile, and do the only thing that's free and not now proscribed ... LAUGH!

                                                                                              Your Webmaster.



Seriously, I kid you not.  Thieves are already hard at work trying to defraud and cheat older folk, and all others having to self-isolate, out of considerable amounts of money.   And they are succeeding!

Gangs are already in some areas, posing as Red Cross or other charity workers, knocking on doors and offering to do the shopping.  You may guess, you will get no shopping.  Trust no one you do not know, or anyone you cannot quickly trace to a local address or business.

Similarly with phone scams.  If you don't know the number, then don't pick up.  If you don't have Caller ID, listen carefully and do not give away any personal details whatsoever.  Not banking, not even your address.  If you are already ex-directory, these scammers do not know where you live, unless you tell them.  All they have is a number to ring and try their luck.  Even if you are in the book, they will still not be sure they have the right number, as a lot of them are using old and out-of-date lists.

IF YOU DO NEED HELP, with shopping or anything else; my best advice and your first ports of call should be:
    1. Your local church, or minister, or church office
    2. Your local Scouts, Girl Guides, if you know who they are.
    3. Ring your local shop, or usual supplier; they will help or find you someone that will.
    4. AGE CONCERN ...
    5. If you regularly use Taxis, ring your taxi office and ask them.
    6. And then there's always your neighbours! 

You have lots of options for help. 



. . . or any help, no matter how remotely you live or whatever your difficulty.  This is still Britain ... and we help each other.  Apart from thieves, who help themselves.  Don't let them do it to you.

In the meantime, look after each other, till we meet again!  And smile, and do the only thing that's free and not now proscribed ... LAUGH!

                                                                                              Your Webmaster.

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