Ryde Social Heritage Group research the social history of the citizens of Ryde, Isle of Wight. Documenting their lives, businesses and burial transcriptions.
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On Saturday 6 October we had a group outing to the little museum at Brading. The event was superbly organised by our Social Secretary Shelagh and 16 of us met up at 10:30 in the morning at the entrance to the town goal and stocks. The small museum is in the room above the stocks, the Old Town Hall, and is packed with interesting memorabilia and artefacts from Brading’s past.

We were met by Pauline and later joined by Ivy, the two lovely custodians of the museum, who opened the museum especially for our visit that morning.

We spent a couple of hours looking at photographs and maps, browsing through books and trying to guess what some of the stranger looking artefacts could have been used for.

Pauline chatted to everyone and helped some of our members with their family history research. If she couldn’t help immediately she took notes and promised to look things up and get back to the enquirer.

We were all given copies of Brading timeline, the Offical Brading Town Guide and the Brading Heritage Trail to take home and to read at our leisure.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable visit.

Afterwards we were all invited back to Shelagh’s house for lunch which consisted of a choice of soup followed by apple pie or Shelagh’s famous Meringues. No RSHG event is complete without Shelagh’s meringues! Some people had several helpings of soup followed by apple pie AND meringue!

We spent a pleasant afternoon socialising and boosted out funds by almost £50 from the generous donations of our members.

Thank you Shelagh for organising another fabulous day!