The collection illustrates how people enjoyed some down time from working in the mines, steelworks, factories and home. As the Industrial Revolution gathered pace, gradually people had more free time and money in their pockets to participate in activities such as dancing, music, cinema and drinking.

Star objects include a walking stick belonging to one of Scotland’s most famous variety acts, Sir Harry Lauder, a unique Compton Cinema organ from the golden age of the silver screen and an ironworker’s melodeon from a time when people entertained themselves at home. The collection also features items relating to some of the more quirky forms of entertainment on offer, including a poster advertising ‘Dr Bodie’s Challenge’ whose act featured experiments with electricity.

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