Opening 4 March 2022: A Misremembered Household: The Hidden Life of Normanby Hall

Barbara Melling: Walker, Recycler, Litter Picker, Maker

Creatures have been visiting Barbara’s studio for some years now. She calls them her Visitors. They pop by unannounced, tell her their stories then leave.

Normanby Hall has its own community of ‘visitors’ and ‘residents’, many of whom have been here for hundreds of years. They come entirely from scraps of waste materials and found objects. Their use of people is necessary to their being, feeding on their moods, fears, and human foibles. Step inside Normanby Hall in 2022 to discover their stories across the whole house.

Opening March 2022: Fashion is Rubbish

In the UK, 10,000 items of clothing go to landfill every five minutes. ‘Fast fashion’ is clothing that is mass-produced and sold cheaply, to respond to rapidly changing trends. More than 50 per cent of fast fashion clothes will be discarded within one year of purchase.

Photograph showing the front cover of the Make Do and Mend booklet, produced by the Ministry of Information in 1943.

The Make Do and Mend booklet was produced in 1943, during the Second World War, by the Ministry of Information

‘Fashion is Rubbish’, to be held on the first floor Costume Gallery, looks at examples from North Lincolnshire Museums’ costume collection to see what we can do to take fashion more slowly.

Re-display of the period rooms

The ground floor of Normanby Hall has been refurbished and re-displayed to better reflect the use of the rooms during the late Regency period, when the Hall was first built.

Use the touchscreens in the rooms to discover more about Regency life, as well as more about the objects in the rooms. When you move to the first floor you can find out about the changes to the Hall that took place at the beginning on the 20th century.

Life Below Stairs

On the first floor, the ‘Life Below Stairs’ gallery illustrates life for the staff at Normanby Hall during the first half of the 20th century.

Photograph of domestic staff pictured close to the garden entrance to Normanby Hall, c. 1936-1938

Photograph of domestic staff pictured close to the garden entrance to Normanby Hall, c. 1936-1938

Objects relating to the Normanby Hall servants are displayed alongside their first hand audio accounts on the touchscreen. There are also lots of photographs of the staff and the servants’ wing, which was demolished in 1949. This display complements the Servants Trail, which visitors can follow through the park.

Normanby and the Sheffields

This display in the Entrance Hall sets the scene for a visit through the house, outlining the history of Normanby Hall and its estate. Visitors can discover the history of the Sheffield family, owners of the house and estate for over 400 years.

Photograph shows the study at Normanby Hall

The study at Normanby Hall

Normanby at War

This gallery on the first floor explores the period between 1914 and early 1919, when the Sheffield family volunteered Normanby Hall as an Auxiliary Hospital.

Here, soldiers convalesced after being treated for injuries received on the front line during the First World War. Photographs and autographs of the soldiers are displayed along with two original hospital beds, medical equipment and personal artefacts.

Visitors can also explore Normanby Hall’s role in the Second World War, when amphibious tanks were secretly tested on the River Trent at Burton-upon-Stather.