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Science / Whittakers Cottages

This pair of cottages, unique in the Museum, shows one completed and furnished, the other has been left unfinished inside to expose the timber-framed structure typical of the period when it was built, 1860.  The timber came from two different sources.  Softwood imported from the Baltic was used for the main structural timbers in the roof, walls and floor and the weatherboard cladding.  For the infill framing the carpenter used small local hardwood trees, including elm, oak, poplar, ash, beech and others.

Suggested Activities

Unit 3C Characteristics and Materials.

There is a lime-burning exhibit outside these cottages and a demonstration of lime slaking can be arranged.  Details.

See also the suggested mathematics curriculum activities for this building.

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