Exhibition: People’s Show

Thursday 13 February to Sunday 18 October 2020

As part of the Weald and Downland Living Museum’s 50th Anniversary we will be holding a ‘People’s Show’ from 13th February until 18th October 2020. At the Museum we have around 16,500 items in our collection dealing with rural life and building activities which you can view whenever you visit.

A People’s Show turns the spot-light on our visitors’ own collections and gives the opportunity to display them in a public setting. The first People’s Show was held at Walsall Museum and Art Gallery in May 1990. It is said to have been inspired by a discovery of a private ‘museum’ of native American artefacts in a local resident’s attic. The Walsall People’s Show proved so popular that further People’s Shows were held across the country and by the end of 1994 over half a million objects had been loaned by the public to similar exhibitions. So not only will this exhibition celebrate 50 years of the Weald & Downland Museum but also 30 years of the Peoples Show. So we think it about time to revisit this very popular event.

The objects you will see on display in the show come from personal collections of people who have some link to the Museum. These can be the collections of visitors, staff, volunteers, associates, tutors, contractors and anyone else with a connection.

Also linked to this exhibition is a Historic Life weekend: Treasured Objects on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 February when you can meet some of the collectors and collections team to find out more about the beautiful objects on display.