Quirky museums

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I’ve been to a few – shall we say “different” museums – in the UK, US and in France. Once you get a taste for such collections of off-beat or unusual memorabilia, it’s hard to resist paying the modest entry fee and going in.

My all-time favourite has to be the National Lawnmower Museum in Southport, on the Sefton coast in Lancashire. Founded by an engineering enthusiast it showcases, in a modest space over a hardware shop, a large collection of lawnmowers and grasscutters. The oldest lawnmower is there, as is the sit-on motorised one, gifted to the Prince of Wales on his marriage to Diana.

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Contributors include various celebrities and, I’m amused and rather pleased to say, dear husband, who donated the ancient Flymo we’d had since the 1970s.

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Last year we discovered the Doors Museum in Pezenas, in the south of France – old wooden doors and lots of iron keys, hinges and bolts.  It was like an Aladdin’s Cave.

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In the US this year with family, we visited the Antique Tow Truck Museum in Chattanooga….

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……and the excellent Fire Museum in Memphis, which has plenty of hands-on activities for grandchildren and proved to be a very educational visit for us all.

 

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