Items from the childhood of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother to go on display
(2nd January 2007)
The British Schools Museum, Hitchin, is proud to announce an exhibition for February 2007 “Memories of the Queen Mother’s Childhood – her clothes, books and photographs.”
Elizabeth Bowes Lyon spent many of her childhood years at St Paul’s Walden Bury, close to Hitchin, Hertfordshire.
We are able to show a collection of costumes and items of clothing worn by the late Queen Mother and her brothers / sisters as children with by permission of Sir Simon and Lady Bowes Lyon Bowes Lyon.
Lady Bowes Lyon is a patron of the British Schools Museum.
Also to be shown are a number of her childhood reading books, two scrapbooks put together by her and her favourite brother David, one of David’s painting books, and the family ‘pram’, which would have been used for the young Elizabeth.
It is believed that this will be the first time the clothes and books will have been seen outside of The Bury at St Paul’s Walden.
The exhibition will be augmented by a range of photographs of the Queen Mother’s childhood, showing her in dresses and costume very similar to if not the same as those on display.
The exhibition will run for nine days only from February 10th to 18th 2007 (Half Term Week in Hertfordshire).
The historic Boys’ School classrooms of the British Schools Museum will be open for tours at the same time as the exhibition.