A day in Elsecar and another film camera purchase.

Elsecar Heritage Centre is a collection of buildings in Barnsley which are now of listed building status of historical architectural heritage. Now a collection of shops and craft workshops, they were originally built to support the adjacent mine workings, ironworks and railway. Built in 1850, they were reopened in 1987 in their present guise.

The clock shop in the centre.
The clock repairer.
The crossing for the steam railway.
The Newcomen Beam engine.

The mine workings in this area were some of the deepest in the area. To access the deep workings required the installation of this beam engine to extract the water. It ran from 1795 to 1923 and is now the oldest example of a beam engine in the country that is still situated in it’s original position. It can now only be operated with the assistance of a hydraulic pump due to the dilapidated state of its steam powered engine.

The busy antiques centre.
I did consider getting a new phone but thought I probably wouldn’t be able to get social media on this one 😅
I saw this box pushed up the corner of one of the areas of the antique shop and with some excitement opened it up and found a very nice little film camera in almost perfect condition, complete with its manual.
Voigtlander Vito C. Hardly any marks on it and the case looked like it hadn’t been used. Not a bad buy for £15. Can’t wait to try it out!

Tutankhamun at the Saatchi

King at 9 years old and dead by age 19. Tutankhamun’s body laid at rest until discovered by Howard Carter 3000 years later. So why is this Pharaoh so important? it’s because so far his tomb is the only one so far to be unearthed with so many of it’s riches intact including the solid gold coffin of the Pharaoh containing his mummified remains.

On Thursday members of Thorley U3A visited the exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London. The exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, and is the final chance to see these glittering world heritage artefacts before they return to Egypt forever.

The exhibition explores the life of King Tutankhamun through more than 150 of the pieces found in tomb – more than 60 of which are travelling outside of Egypt for the first time.

Wooden ,painted box which held different cuts of meat. Meant to sustain the Pharaoh on his journey to the Afterlife.
To keep these foods fresh until the end of time, the Egyptians mummified them—slowly drying them with salt, bandaging them and covering the bundle with resins—much as they would a human body.
Red wooden semicircular box and lid inlaid with ebony and ivory with cartouches of Tutankahamun.
Gilded wooden ‘Ostrich Hunt’ fan.
The inscription on the stick says that Tutankhamun hunted ostriches in the desert near Heliopolis and provided feathers for this fan.
Gilded wooden statue of Ptah. Ptah wears a cobalt blue glass skullcap. In Egyptian mythology Ptah is the god of craftsmen and architects. The three hieroglyphs on his sceptre are: ankh (life), the djed pillar (stability), and the was sign (sovereingnty).