Dorking in Person Loan Box

Stories, resources and activities highlighting three local residents.

The stories, resources and activities found in the loan box highlight local people from three different time periods, each of whom had significant local, national and international impact.

The stories, resources and time periods relate directly to Dorking Museum’s exhibitions and displays.

Key learning objectives for Dorking in Person:

  • Who are some significant people who have helped Dorking become what it is today?
  • What can their stories tell us about what life was like in Dorking during their lifetimes?

The stories are about three people from the past who had significant local, national and international impact:

  • Dorking’s Adventurer, William Mullins – life in the 1600s and 1700s
  • Lord Ashcombe and his teeth – life from the mid- 1800s to early 1900s
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams, making music in the hills and halls – life in the 1930s to 1960s

The Dorking in Person resource comprises two carrying cases:

  1. A period suitcase containing:

3 clamshell boxes, one for each story, with suggested activities, a story,  photos, images, documents and background information.

Items of costume:

  • 1 bowler hat (Lord Ashcombe, in the suitcase)
  • 1 pinafore and 1 mob cap (Lord Ashcombe, in the suitcase)
  • 1 pair lady’s long kid leather gloves (in the Lord Ashcombe clamshell box)
  • 1 stiff collar (in the Lord Ashcombe clamshell box)
  • 1 flat cap (in the Ralph Vaughan Williams clamshell box)
  • 1 overall and 1 scarf (in the Ralph Vaughan Williams clamshell box)
  1. A large hatbox containing:
  • 5 black pilgrim hats (William Mullins)
  • 4 white pilgrim caps (William Mullins)

Resources in the clamshell boxes are coloured coded to make repacking the cases as easy as possible.

  • Dorking’s Adventurer, William Mullins – yellow
  • Lord Ashcombe’s teeth – blue
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams, making music in the hills and halls – green

The 3 maps used as a part of Discover Dorking, the museum’s local history resource, can be found on the museum’s website:

http://dorkingmuseum.org.uk/schools/loan-boxes/local-history-loan-box/