Fundraising at Mr Straw's House
Conservation and caring for our historic collections is essential in helping to prolong the life of many of the everyday objects within Mr Straw’s House. The family amassed a huge collection of furniture, newspaper cuttings, letters, books and everyday objects which help us to share stories.
This year we need your help to conserve the historic pianos in the house. The pianos in the house have stood silent for over 30 year. Although there are two pianos in the house only one family member played the piano.
Florence Straw, the mother, was a keen pianist and her piano now sits in the parents bedroom. This piano dates from approximately the 1880s and is made from Rosewood, made by W A Waddington in York, and is an octave smaller than most, maybe to fit into smaller spaces. Her piano music sits in the stool in the Parlour. She was a very talented musician, even teaching piano to pupils prior to her marriage to William Straw.
The second piano belonged to William Jnr. It was a gift from his Landlady in her will from when he lived in London. It was made by Rogers & Sons c.1894, and must have been returned to Blyth Grove when he relocated back to the family home in 1939 after the death of his mother on 8 November the same year.
Music was a core part of Florence’s life, and the house wouldn’t have stood silent as she tinkled away on her piano. We would love to enable these to play again. Over the years the mechanisms have become stiff and need professional conserving to make them play. We need to raise £7500 to conserve these beautiful instruments. You can help us by buying a raffle ticket, leaving a donation, bringing in your old used stamps, or even purchasing a book from the second hand bookshop.
Or, when you visit us, why not purchase a raffle ticket or drop a donation into our donation box. All donations are going towards this essential conservation work.