Exploring the cottage

There are Story Cards available to tell you more about the objects you will find.

Story cards can be found in the kitchen and on the bookshelf. The cards contain more detailed information about some items and some suggested conversation starters.

The Veranda

The veranda allows wide, easy access to the cottage, with a gentle ramp for walkers and wheelchairs. It has:

  • Sensory garden (currently in progress)

  • Front door with letter slot


Ear image for touch 1. Knock at the door on arrival
Hand image for touch 2. Touch the plants
Hand image for touch 3. Post a letter, or bring in the mail.

The Hallway

The hallway has access to the cottage and to each of the rooms. It has:

  • Coat rack with:

  • Man’s hat Man’s hat and walking stick
    Woman’s fox fur stole Woman’s fox fur stole
    Girl’s school tunic

    Woman’s day dress

    Girl’s school tunic

  • Letter rack with selection of postcards – these can be posted through the letter slot

  • Wall mounted vase with woollen flowers


Hand image for touch 1. Try on hat.
Hand image for touch 2. Stroke and try on fox fur.
Eye image for touch 3. Remember school uniforms.
  4. Discuss animals or pets that the memory of fur triggers.
Eye image for touch 5. Read a postcard.
  6. Discussion regarding if the front door was ever left open.

The Lounge

The lounge is roomy and may comfortably hold six to eight people depending upon mobility. It has:

2 armchairsSofa

Three piece suite (sofa, two arm chairs) where the family would gather in the evenings


Radiogram with four different radio broadcasts including popular tunes, announcements, commercials and newscasts

A book of gamesBookshelf

Bookshelf which contains a range of reading materials, games, knitting basket, tobacco tins

Glass-fronted cabinet has a range of items


Ear image for touch 1. Listening to the radio newscasts and gently discussing the memories that arise
Ear image for touch 2. Singing the songs or moving gently to the rhythm of the music
Hand image for touch 3. Knitting part of the scarf provided using large needles
Hand image for touch 4. Taking photographs with the Box Brownie
Hand image for touch 5. Handling the ornaments, sewing basket etc
Nose image for touch 6. Sniffing the tobacco tin, old books, leather items

Discussion points

  1. Photograph Album or cards, discussing individual items.

  2. Memories that the music generates.

  3. Who took the photos in your family?

The kitchen

The kitchen was the heart of the family’s daily life and usually mother’s domain. It has:

  • a wooden kitchen range and wood box

  • a Hecla toaster

  • a Speedie electric jug

  • utensils, cutlery, rolling pin, bowls

  • cupboards containing a range visual prompts

  • reproduction foods based on common recipes

  • scent drawer with a variety of common household smells


Eye image for touch 1. Discovering what is in the cupboards and fridge.
Hand image for touch 2. Handling the kitchen items.
Nose image for touch 3. Explore the contents of the scent drawer.

Discussion points

  1. Making dinner

  2. Mother’s kitchen and Mother’s work life

  3. Favourite foods

  4. Children undertaking tasks for pocket money

  5. How the War or Depression may have affected the kitchen routine

Page last updated: Wednesday, 25 August 2021