Exploring the history of housework

Some labour saving devices from days gone by
Some labour saving devices from days gone by

A new exhibition on household chores down the ages has opened at the North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre in Motherwell.

Called ‘All in a Day’s Work’ it takes its theme from the old saying ‘Man may work from sun to sun, but a woman’s work is never done’.

The exhibition uses a range of material from the museum’s collections, including photographs, advertisements, archival documents and domestic appliances to show how household chores and attitudes have changed since the 18th century.

Jenny Noble, CultureNL’s curator of social history, said: “We invite visitors to explore this fascinating display, compare the lives of wealthy families with poorer households and investigate the impact of labour-saving devices on the changing roles of women in society.

“There’s lots to see, hear and handle, including film footage and TV commercials.

“We also have fascinating extracts from our oral history archive of Lanarkshire women talking about their own experiences.

“For children, there will be objects to handle and costumes to try on.

“Does the old saying still hold true today? Come along and decide for yourself, all are welcome to join the debate.”

Admission to ‘All in a Day’s Work’ is free which runs until Saturday, April 26.

There will also be weekend and school holiday events linked with the exhibition.

For full details call the centre on 01698 274590.

Other exhibitions are being lined up at the centre later in the year.

Pirates! Fact and Fiction (May 10 to August 16), a fun-filled journey through pirate history suitable for all the family.

Made in Scotland (August 30 to November 8), which in the year of the independence referendum highlights Scottish identity and family history,

The Stories of Cinderella (November 22 to January 31), looks at the various ways the tale of a girl, a shoe and reward for goodness have been told from ancient times to modern day.