Tuesday 9 August 2022

It's a puzzlement!

As promised last week (if you missed Rose's Corner then do take a look) I have something rather different this time. What do you do when you find you have collected an assortment of objects with the intention of creating a window display, but you need to use all of them to fill the space and they appear unrelated?

Yes - you look for connections! I am sure some of you will be watchers of the TV programme "Only Connect". Wiki describes it thus:

"Only Connect is a British television quiz show presented by Victoria Coren Mitchell. In the series, teams compete in a tournament of finding connections between seemingly unrelated clues. The title is taken from a passage in E. M. Forster's 1910 novel Howards End: "Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted".

Once I had thought of this convoluted way of displaying things Butterfly then said "Why not make it a quiz?".   She and I let our minds wander wild and free, and we have come up with many connections between the objects in the window.  Some are easy to find, some not so much, there are even multiple links across objects, but there are no right or wrong answers.   

Visitors who have seen the actual window do have it easier, I suspect, than you who are working from photos. Especially since these were taken with the challenge of glass and sunlight interfering with the quality - our apologies for that. 

To our delight, people have found things we didn't.  I suspect there is much more to be found.  Do bear in mind that you can increase the size of the photos by clicking on them.

Answers on a postcard please....ah no, I don't mean that. Feel free to list things in the comments below or send me an email - the address is to be found under the museum information tag.

Later in the year I will post what we have come up with, probably in the form of a mind map - another way of delivering your ideas of course.

We hope you enjoy the challenge - we loved creating it.  

In the meantime I leave you with a very appropriate song (only connect!)

Here we go, in no particular order

See you some time soon and thanks for playing.....

Following the recent death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II we felt it right to add a tiny tribute to her in the Small Worlds window.  It comes with our love and thanks for her many years of service - I am one of a minority who remembers her accession to the throne in February 1952 and the wonders of her coronation in June 1953....
"To weep is to make less the depth of grief." 
William Shakespeare


  1. What a wonderful idea! Some connections are obvious - I will have to think more to find others. I love your last instruction!

  2. Love the Time Lord references and that jigsaw clock is extraordinary.