Era of change roars into folk museum

The ‘roaring twenties’ have brought some exciting changes to Armidale Folk Museum, to celebrate next month’s release of the film Downton Abbey.

Beaded flapper dresses, duster coats and driving goggles feature in a display of everything 1920s, as well as local memorabilia that will transport visitors back to a time of immense change after World War 1.

“The 1920s, or the ‘roaring twenties’, were the beginning of a modern age. People were eager to leave their troubles behind and embrace the good times,” Museum Team Leader Hayley Ward said.

“It was also a time of change and growth, with many technological advances, a strengthening economy and improvements in communications.”

Armidale was also growing and changing, with a population of 7000 and a diverse variety of small business and education providers. Cars were quickly revolutionising the way people were living and Model T Fords were becoming a common sight.

Electricity was also making life easier, as new technology for the home impacted on the lives of women. A wide range of domestic items made housework easier and quicker.

The display and an exploration into the evolution of packaging are on exhibition at the Armidale Folk Museum until the end of October.

The museum is open daily from 11am to 2pm and entry is a gold coin donation.

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