D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum

D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum Discover the life and times of D.H. Lawrence, one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Birthplace Museum, in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire.

Lawrence, one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, as well as Broxtowe’s wider local heritage at the D.H. The museum is where this literary legend was born on 11 September 1885. and is a must see for fans of literature, and for those wanting to delve deeper into Nottingham’s literary heritage.

We may be closed at the moment but the hard work continues as we work through the cleaning and inspection of over 2,000 ...
08/01/2024

We may be closed at the moment but the hard work continues as we work through the cleaning and inspection of over 2,000 objects as part of our annual deep clean.

Another item that will be given the five-star cleaning treatment is the Chiffonier, a type of sideboard, and one of the Lawrence family items.

Museum and Collections Officer, Carolyn Melbourne explains: “It’s made of solid mahogany and is quite a grand piece for a working-class family. I’m sure they would have been very proud of it so the Officers and Volunteers undertaking the cleaning will ensure it is given the respect the family would have wanted for it. We have to check for any changes, such as deepening cracks and inspect the environment for insects that might want to munch on it, like furniture beetles.”

We look forward to seeing you when we re-open on 18 January.

Here's another post from our recent volunteer Elin and her work at the museum from late last year:"I’ve very much enjoye...
05/01/2024

Here's another post from our recent volunteer Elin and her work at the museum from late last year:

"I’ve very much enjoyed being shown the ropes, giving visitors directions around the museum and helping them discover more about Lawrence’s fascinating life. I’ve also loved being able to exercise my own creativity while helping decorate and arrange the gift shop for Christmas, and setting up creative activities like paper chain making for children to enjoy in the museum.

Here are some pictures I took of our lovely gift shop once we’d first decorated it with our Christmas stock! It’s wonderful working in such a festive environment as we come closer to Christmas."

To visit us please see https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dhlawrencemuseum (Be advised we are close to the public until January 18th.)

"There are only two things now, the great black night scooped out and this fire glow. This fire glow, the core, and we t...
31/12/2023

"There are only two things now, the great black night scooped out and this fire glow. This fire glow, the core, and we the two ripe pips that are held in store. Listen the darkness rings at it circulates around our fire. Take off your things. Your shoulders, your bruised throat! Your breasts, your nakedness! This fiery coat! As the darkness flickers and dips, as the firelight falls and leaps, from your feet to your lips!" New Year's Eve by D.H. Lawrence

A Happy New Year from all of us at the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum! We look forwards to seeing you again on Thursday January 18th when we reopen after our Deep Clean period.

To visit us in the New Year see https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dhlawrencemuseum

A few weeks ago we were delighted to welcome Elin from the University of Nottingham as part of a placement here at the D...
29/12/2023

A few weeks ago we were delighted to welcome Elin from the University of Nottingham as part of a placement here at the D. H. Lawrence Museum! Here in her own words and over three separate posts she details her work and unique perspective in the late Autumn and early Winter of 2023:

"Hi, my name is Elin and I am currently volunteering at the museum, on placement from the University of Nottingham as a second year English student! This is me taking over the museum’s page to share some exciting things I have been doing so far during my placement.

Having never been to the museum before, I was excited to discover more about Lawrence’s childhood, especially as an English student. I discovered that the museum is a lovely place rich with history, finding the original house being decorated fully, including some original Victorian furniture pieces closely linked to the Lawrence family!

Here was my view the first time I saw the museum, realising what a beautiful place Eastwood is! I instantly had to take a picture, and I also had to take a picture once I realised I was in the very room Lawrence was born in. It felt amazing standing in a place of such important literary history."

To visit the museum please visit https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dhlawrencemuseum (Be advised we are close to the public until January 18th.)

If you’ve cooked Christmas dinner, then you’ll know what hard work it can be to get your oven looking s***k and span aga...
29/12/2023

If you’ve cooked Christmas dinner, then you’ll know what hard work it can be to get your oven looking s***k and span again. That’s exactly the level of hard work that will going on at the Museum next week as we begin our annual deep clean, which includes the black-leading range.

Museum and Collections Officer, Carolyn Melbourne explains: “Cleaning the range is by far the dirtiest job. You need a mask, gloves and apron and still somehow you get black smudges somewhere on you. We do it yearly as part of our annual deep clean, but Lydia Lawrence, D.H. Lawrence’s mother would have done it every week.”

The museum is closed until 18 January to enable the deep cleaning and inspection of over 2,000 to ensure they are properly cared for and maintained.

We look forward to seeing you when we re-open!
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"I do wish we might have a Christmas Party together. I feel like kicking everything to the devil and enjoying myself wil...
25/12/2023

"I do wish we might have a Christmas Party together. I feel like kicking everything to the devil and enjoying myself willy-nilly: a mild drunk and a great and rowdy spree." From a Letter to Amy Lovell from D.H. Lawrence

A very Merry Christmas and Festive Season from all of us here at the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum!

To visit us in the New Year visit https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dhlawrencemuseum

Today is our last day open for 2023 - we would like to thank everyone who has popped through our jingly jangly doors ove...
23/12/2023

Today is our last day open for 2023 - we would like to thank everyone who has popped through our jingly jangly doors over the past year and hope that we will see you all again or for the first time in 2024! The Museum will be closed over our Deep Clean period where we inspect and clean many of our hundreds of objects and the various rooms. Don't worry, we'll be sharing some behind the scenes of this important process!

For more info visit https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dhlawrencemuseum

Today is the shortest day of the year and officially the first day of winter, so it seems fitting to share a classic dep...
21/12/2023

Today is the shortest day of the year and officially the first day of winter, so it seems fitting to share a classic depiction of the season from Lawrence's poem A Winter's Tale:

"Yesterday the fields were only grey with scattered snow, And now the longest grass-leaves hardly emerge; Yet her deep footsteps mark the snow, and go. On towards the pines at the hills’ white verge; I cannot see her, since the mist’s white scarf obscures the dark wood and the dull orange sky; But she’s waiting, I know, impatient and cold, half sobs struggling into her frosty sigh. Why does she come so promptly, when she must know that she’s only the nearer to the inevitable farewell; The hill is steep, on the snow my steps are slow – Why does she come, when she knows what I have to tell?"

This Saturday is your final day to visit us before we close for Christmas and our annual deep clean. We'll be back open on Thursday 21st January 2024, and a visit to the museum is the perfect way to keep warm and learn about the Lawrence legacy and our local history on a cold winter day. Full visiting information can be found at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dhlawrencemuseum

"Mrs Morel surveyed her pantry.  There was a big plum cake, and a rice cake, jam tarts, lemon tarts and mince pies - two...
19/12/2023

"Mrs Morel surveyed her pantry. There was a big plum cake, and a rice cake, jam tarts, lemon tarts and mince pies - two enormous dishes. She was finished cooking - Spanish tarts and cheese cakes…" Sons and Lovers, D.H. Lawrence

Our Victorian Pantry is nice and stocked for Christmas! Victorian Working Class families like the Lawrences viewed Christmas as the one time in the year for some good food when it came to eating well, though they wouldn't have a turkey as we do today as those were typically too expensive. Royal Family menus in contrast were excessively indulgent, with Queen Victoria receiving Boar Heads from her German cousins and sending out well over two hundred Christmas Puddings every year to her relatives! What's in your pantry or fridge this Christmas?

For more information visit https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dhlawrencemuseum

Be advised that we will be closing for the Christmas season next week on December 23rd, so if you would love to visit us...
16/12/2023

Be advised that we will be closing for the Christmas season next week on December 23rd, so if you would love to visit us with all our festive trimmings you have until then! We will reopen on January 18th 2024 after our annual Deep Clean Period.

For more information visit https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dhlawrencemuseum

This year we have decided to go with a more humble Christmas tree on our Parlour table, as the large ones we use today w...
14/12/2023

This year we have decided to go with a more humble Christmas tree on our Parlour table, as the large ones we use today were less likely to be afforded by working class families. Originally, trees were decorated with fruit, nuts and small gifts and often set up on a central table, as we have here. By 1860, the Christmas tree was adorned with many traditional and unusual items such as glass ornaments, decorative sweet containers, children's toys, flags, ribbons, sweets, baubles, nuts and homemade presents. The first electric tree lights were seen in the 1880s in America, but electric lights were very expensive and rare in Lawrence's time, and remained too expensive for most families until after the Second World War.

The Museum really does look special in all its festive finery so do come and visit us during normal opening hours to learn more about a traditional Victorian Christmas - full opening times can be found at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dhlawrencemuseum

The Victorian Parlour is all decked out for the festive season, and whilst we have a tree we remember that evergreens an...
12/12/2023

The Victorian Parlour is all decked out for the festive season, and whilst we have a tree we remember that evergreens and natural decoration was more common for the working class. The custom of bringing in evergreens to use for decoration during midwinter festivals goes back to antiquity but spread wider in the 19th century. Ivy was traditionally the symbol for femininity whilst holly was seen to be masculine, so the combination of the two promised the household fertility for the coming year. How are you decorating your home this year?

To visit the Museum see https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dhlawrencemuseum

In The White Peacock, Lawrence writes: "On the second Saturday before Christmas the world was transformed; tall, silver ...
09/12/2023

In The White Peacock, Lawrence writes: "On the second Saturday before Christmas the world was transformed; tall, silver and pearl-grey trees rose pale against a dim blue sky, like trees in some rare, pale Paradise: the whole woodland was as if petrified in marble and silver and snow; the holly-leaves and long leaves of the rhododendron were rimmed and spangled with delicate tracery."

There's only two Saturdays until (a white?) Christmas! We'll also be having our final day of opening to the public this year on Saturday 23rd December before we close for Christmas and our annual deep clean. We hope to see you for a visit before then - full opening times can be found at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dhlawrencemuseum.

Christmas cards became a big staple of the season by the time Lawrence was born. The first cards were created by busines...
07/12/2023

Christmas cards became a big staple of the season by the time Lawrence was born. The first cards were created by businessman Sir Henry Cole in 1843, who was also the very first Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum. By the 1880s, five million letters and cards were sent yearly at Christmas, and as you can see, their appearance could vary - many for example featured flowers as they were developed by the same minds behind Valentine Cards, who were trying to capitalise on a new craze. Do you still write Christmas Cards today?

For more information visit https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dhlawrencemuseum

Have you ever seen a Corn and Bunion Remover? This Edwardian era Chiropodist's tool would have been used via the numerou...
05/12/2023

Have you ever seen a Corn and Bunion Remover? This Edwardian era Chiropodist's tool would have been used via the numerous pins to take care of pesky feet related issues, with the name and manufactory dates just visible on the side.

To book your visit to the Museum see https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dhlawrencemuseum

Annalise Grice has published an academic book with Edinburgh University Press on how Lawrence was able to establish a li...
03/12/2023

Annalise Grice has published an academic book with Edinburgh University Press on how Lawrence was able to establish a life of professional writing, thanks to an array of new archival research and study into Lawrence's works and the literacy marketplace prior to the First World War.

You can scan the QR code provided or use the discount code on the website to get 30% off the new book, maybe a perfect last minute present for the Lawrence fan in your life?

https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-d-h-lawrence-and-the-literary-marketplace.html

To book a visit to the Museum see https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dhlawrencemuseum

The fireplace was the centre of the Victorian Working Class home, and none more so than during the Christmas Season as t...
01/12/2023

The fireplace was the centre of the Victorian Working Class home, and none more so than during the Christmas Season as the nights darkened and the temperature dropped. It even served as an inspiration to Lawrence, in his poem 'December Night':

"Take off your cloak and your hat and your shoes, and draw up at my hearth where never woman sat. I have made up the fire bright; Let us leave the rest in the dark and read by firelight. The wine is warm in the hearth; the flickers come and go. I will warm your feet with kisses until they glow."

You can see our fireplace is decorated ready for Christmas so do pop in and have a look for yourselves!

To learn more visit https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dhlawrencemuseum

New product alert!  Grab one of our new Lawrence quote T-Shirts! Do you have a favourite quote of Lawrence's? Let us kno...
30/11/2023

New product alert! Grab one of our new Lawrence quote T-Shirts! Do you have a favourite quote of Lawrence's? Let us know what your favourite quote is and one day you might just find it in our shop. Fridge Magnets with famous quotes are now also available!

https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dhlawrencemuseum

This bedside table belonged to Lydia Lawrence and includes a number of interesting objects including a bonnet, medicine ...
28/11/2023

This bedside table belonged to Lydia Lawrence and includes a number of interesting objects including a bonnet, medicine bottles and a copy of The White Peacock, Lawrence's very first novel. Lydia used this in her final years of life when she was quite frail. A draft copy of The White Peacock was the only book of Lawrence's she ever read, and she was said to be quite shocked at its content! You can read more about Lawrence's very first novel here.

To learn more visit us at https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dhlawrencemuseum

We hope you can join us for our seasonal December Wellbeing Walk, which will be on Tuesday 5 December at 10am. This mont...
28/11/2023

We hope you can join us for our seasonal December Wellbeing Walk, which will be on Tuesday 5 December at 10am. This month we will be going to Coney Grey Farm, it will be a moderately hilly circular walking route, partly off-road and approximately 2.7 miles long, so please wear appropriate footwear and coats! As in previous years our December walks have a special seasonal twist as we will bring serving mulled wine and mince pies for a small donation! We look forward to seeing you! Full route at: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/2450712?units=km

For more details or to visit the museum see https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dhlawrencemuseum

Today is Stir Up Sunday, the last Sunday before the start of Advent where families would 'stir up' the ingredients of th...
26/11/2023

Today is Stir Up Sunday, the last Sunday before the start of Advent where families would 'stir up' the ingredients of their Christmas Cakes. This was typically a Christmas Pudding, a delicacy brought to England, as with many modern Christmas traditions, by Prince Albert. However the origins of the holiday come from the Book of Common Prayer, where Christians were told “Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people” as they entered Advent. By the Victorian era it had also become a term to describe the preparation of Christmas foods. Victorians would typically add a coin, ring and thimble to the pudding mix, with those who found them liable to be blessed with good fortune, a happy marriage and happy spinsterhood for the year ahead.

To learn more visit: https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dhlawrencemuseum

We're now all ready and decorated for Christmas, and just in time for our part in the Christmas Lights Switch On on Tues...
23/11/2023

We're now all ready and decorated for Christmas, and just in time for our part in the Christmas Lights Switch On on Tuesday November 28th! We'll be hosting Santa in his magical grotto from 5.45pm to 7.30pm! (Please note that our Accessible Sensory Sessions from 4.30 to 5.30pm with Santa via Eventbrite have now sold out.) Do come and visit the museum in all its festive splendour, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 10.00am and 4.00pm until we close for Christmas on 23rd December.

To visit us see https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dhlawrencemuseum

Perfect Christmas presents for you wonderful people! We have a  selection of literary inspired posters for sale, includi...
23/11/2023

Perfect Christmas presents for you wonderful people! We have a selection of literary inspired posters for sale, including our very popular Literary Map of Britain - can you spot the name of your favourite author?

To see more visit https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dhlawrencemuseum

Did you know we sell a wide selection of Victorian inspired children's toys? From Solitaire, marbles and skipping ropes ...
21/11/2023

Did you know we sell a wide selection of Victorian inspired children's toys? From Solitaire, marbles and skipping ropes to Cat's Cradle and Dominoes! In the run up to Christmas these make ideal gifts to keep your kids away from those ever present screens!

To see more visit https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dhlawrencemuseum

It's always a puzzle working out what to buy people for Christmas. We make it easy;  Our Victorian Parlour Puzzles make ...
19/11/2023

It's always a puzzle working out what to buy people for Christmas. We make it easy; Our Victorian Parlour Puzzles make a great Christmas or Birthday gift! Pop in and see our gift range during Museum opening hours!

To see more visit https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dhlawrencemuseum

Our Christmas Stock is now in the Gift Shop! We sell an array of baubles, lights, Victorian inspired gifts and decoratio...
16/11/2023

Our Christmas Stock is now in the Gift Shop! We sell an array of baubles, lights, Victorian inspired gifts and decorations. Why not visit the Museum during opening hours and see what gifts you can find for your family and friends!

To see more visit https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dhlawrencemuseum

It was great to attend the launch of Insights Into D.H. Lawrence's Sardinia at Lakeside Arts last week.The book was insp...
09/11/2023

It was great to attend the launch of Insights Into D.H. Lawrence's Sardinia at Lakeside Arts last week.

The book was inspired by the crowdfunded film ‘Return to Sea and Sardinia’ directed by Daniele Marzeddu https://seaandsardinia.org/

It consists of two parts: one part containing several essays on Lawrence from a wide variety of contributors, while the second part contains a collection of photographs taken by Daniele Marzeddu during filming ‘Return to Sea and Sardinia’.

Photo credit: Nigel King

31/10/2023

Happy Halloween! During Lawrence's childhood and the latter Victorian age, there was an increased interest in ghosts and the supernatural, in part brought upon by Queen Victoria's own curiosity into the spirit world after the death of her husband. All Hallow's Eve stems from the Celtic Festival of Samhain, believed to be the eve of the first days of winter and the moment the barriers between the living and the dead were at their weakest! Visit us at the museum to learn more about Victorian life www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dhlawrencemuseum

Did you know we sell a wonderful range of novelty items and gifts in the Museum Shop? Our Glass Vase range has a number ...
28/10/2023

Did you know we sell a wonderful range of novelty items and gifts in the Museum Shop? Our Glass Vase range has a number of glass products for homing small flowers, water squirting and even quirky candle holders! These Tapestry Cushions with splendid patterns are also a great gift, and our new Victorian inspired Rugs and Throws are a big favourite at the Museum, perfect as a distinctive addition to your Parlour… sorry, Living Room. Do pop in and see all of our gift range during Museum opening hours!
https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dhlawrencemuseum

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D. H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum, 8a Victoria Street
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Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm

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