My day was well planned, I was involved from the off in my work and I exercised by playing Beatles songs and dancing (with the curtains closed) until I fell down (two minutes!). Things were going well when the museum called. The afternoon talk required help, someone has to make the tea! So changing my plans to suit I wandered down in the afternoon expecting a crowd for the tea and biscuits.
There were three names on the list!
However with half term this was to be expected and Jenny did her bit by bringing her mum, dad and neighbour along! With three members of staff it swelled the crowd! The picture is taken in a manner to indicate a larger audience than actually arrived.
It was good however. The chap discussed the wool trade over almost a thousand years. The wool made England rich, much off it exported to what is now Holland, Belgium and France, and if you wish to see what it does look at the Suffolk village of Lavenham! Check for pictures of the place, a huge church paid for by wool exports. The English parliament saw the speaker in the House of Lords sitting on a 'woolsack' to represent the wealth thereof.
By the time of the Reformation things changed. Protestant believers in what was then Spanish Netherlands were persecuted so moved to various parts of England. Bringing their 'Bays & Says' they found welcome in East Anglia and the resultant operations lasted well into the nineteenth century. This was the substance of the talk. The separation of wool from the fleece, washing, weaving, turning into bays or says. The bay was a standard length of 35 yards long and one and a quarter yard wide (You work it out). This was hard labour work, it made much money, allowing for various wars, rebellion and the like that hit the trade, and made some people a great deal of money. Those doing the dirty jobs got the least!
This was an interesting story, especially as we have the remains of the old mills that took over once this trade lessened and many remain who worked at the weaving, in fact one visitor was a retired weaver, and he wished us to know this!
A good afternoon out, even if it ruined my day - again.
Good job I am not one to complain.....