Archive for 13/07/2014


Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Having been Visitor Services Trainee at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse for over three months now, I have spent many days in our museum shop processing tickets and museum passes whether it’s an event day, ‘A Day With A Difference’ or an ordinary day. This also entails greeting visitors and informing them about the layout of the site. Not forgetting serving visitors wanting to pay for items selected from our vast array of gifts and workhouse paraphernalia, ranging from postcards to furry toy animals!

However on the quiet days, which are usually either rainy days or the day before an event, I usually have a spare minute to wonder what our museum shop was originally used for. It has always had the name of Porter’s Lodge. When Gressenhall was a Victorian workhouse, people would ring the bell or the knocker on the porter’s gate in order to gain admittance to the…

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Plant Heritage

Bristol Zoo hold our first dispersed National Plant Collection which they brought this year to Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Bristol Zoo Calendula Collection

Each flower on the map represents a community group or school which has contributed to the Collection of Calendula. 

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There is a display of all the plants at Bristol Zoo as well as seed and herbarium specimens which can be viewed on request.  The Zoo is focusing on the species and the community groups are concentrating on the cultivars.

From the Zoo, Emma Moore and Eddie Mole who swears the flowers on his shirt are all his own work.

Emma Moore, Edie Mole

As well as Zoo staff members of the various communities involved visited the show to talk about the Collection – Barbara Franco, Shirehampton Community Action Forum; Matthew Bufton, Bristol Zoo; Fiona Deas, Horfield Primary School.

Barbara Franco, Matthew Bufton, Fiona Deas

Some of the species are threatened with extinction in their natural habitat due to development and change…

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Big_tree‘Men seldom plant trees till they begin to grow Wise, that is, till they grow Old and find by Experience the Prudence and Necessity of it.’

John Evelyn

‘Trees are the best monuments that a man can erect to his own memory. They speak his praises without flattery, and they are blessings to children yet unborn.’

Lord Orrery to Thomas Carew 15th May 1749

‘Of all the wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing ‘Embraceable You’ in spats.’

Woody Allen

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