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ARTEFACT AWARD: Rickmansworth Victorian farmer’s diaries up for Hertfordshire museum award

 Published on: 26th January 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

The diaries of a Rickmansworth farmer who lived in the town in the 19th century have been nominated for a countywide award for museum exhibits.

The journals of John White were recently donated to Three Rivers Museum, where staff are currently working to transcribe them all for future research.

The various diaries date between 1839 and 1896, capturing nearly 60 years of the farmer’s life and those of his friends and acquaintances.

Fabian Hiscock, chairman of the Three Rivers Museum Trust, said: “Already it’s clear that, although some of the volumes are missing, they will tell us a huge amount about how people lived in our area in the 19th century. It’s a very generous gift of real historical importance.”

Now, the collection is a nominee for the Hertfordshire Association of Museums 2023 Object of the Year Award, a public vote open until midnight, February 19, to decide what object donated to a county museum this year is the most interesting.

The journals face competition in the form of a knife and fork set carved from the leg of a deer, a giant stone toe thought to be from Ancient Egypt and the BBC’s iconic puppet character, Gordon the Gopher.

You can vote for the diaries at the Hertfordshire Museums website.

Photo Credit: Three Rivers Museum

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