83-year-old toilet roll is best museum object

The residents of Hertfordshire have chosen a toilet roll, made in Letchworth in 1936, has been chosen by Hertfordshire residents as their museum object of the year.

The roll, from the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation’s Garden City Collection, was made by the local chemist, E E Russell, who had a shop in Station Road, Letchworth, from 1911, and beat nine other entries to win a public vote for the Hertfordshire Association of Museums object of the year award.

"We would really like to thank everyone who voted - we are so pleased you chose to support our quirky entry” said Garden City Collection officer Sophie Walter. "Thanks also to the local Letchworth company E.E Russell, who's employees crafted this masterpiece, and to the person who rather inexplicably didn't use the item for 73 years before donating it!

"We hope this victory has given residents a good idea of the sheer scope of items we have at our collection that tell the diverse history of Letchworth, the first Garden City."

Garden City, which hosts reminiscence sessions at Letchworth care homes, day centres, and community groups to inspire a sense of personal worth and identity by using images and objects to trigger memories and conversations, also won the Well Being Award for its Sharing Memories programme.

The Garden City Collection on Wilbury Hills Road is home to 250,000 historical artefacts charting the history and heritage of Letchworth since its foundation in 1903.

The vintage toilet roll, along with other curated items from the Garden City Collection, is currently on public display at Letchworth's micro museum, Museum at One Garden City, which is located just off Broadway gardens.






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