Blue Flower

We had a very different day this week, we were unable to finish covering up the bone mill as the track leading to the site is too slippery to get machines down that we need for covering the sheets with soil, and until the work on the wooden frame is finished we can't put sandbags on the pier.

So all 6 of us went to the heritage centre museum and started cataloguing the exhibits. The museum building is being sold and we need a list of exhibits to try and raise funds for a new home. Two people started with books in the aviation section, I formatted a database to suit books and all other exhibits. We managed to enter 140 books by the end of the day. Finds from the bone mill including the human skull which are on display at the heritage centre were listed so we could update the finds database with their location. Another team got out boxes stored underneath the model village, these included more pre-historic bones, documents and photos which were sorted out and put in folders.

While we had lunch we viewed the other parts of the museum, there is a pre-historic section with mammoth bones, tusks, teeth and woolly rhino bones; a railway section including a bench from the old station; river Nar navigation section incorporating the two mills; RAF / Airfield / Aviation section with several model planes; Farming section; General village section which has a large model of Narborough; a whole section on Narborough Hall; and a few other topics.

After lunch we all went to David’s son, Owen’s house to view the railway wagon we have been given to use as a visitor and volunteer centre at the bone mill. At the moment it is in his barn with wood and furniture stored in and around it. Next week we are going to start clearing out the wagon so it can be moved out and taken to The Maltings to be refurbished. The wagon will be used for visitors to see information about the mill and restoration work, with some of the finds on display inside. It will also be used for volunteers to shelter and have lunch and tea. The wagon will need some new wooden panels and a lot of painting, plus fitting out of the interior, we discussed whether it would be possible to fit windows in it. This should keep us all busy for a while.

We then returned to the heritage centre and finished off the work we were doing, backed up the database and discussed next weeks activity with the railway wagon and decided what tools and equipment we will need. We think hard hats, crowbars and loppers would be useful, and we have been given use of the tractor and trailer. We are enthusiastic about getting started on this project.

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