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Mr Straw’s House opens after winter conservation clean

Posted onPosted on 23rd Feb

Following its annual winter conservation clean, Mr Straw’s House (above, photo by Chris Lacey) will reopen to the public from Thursday 7 March.

Tucked away in a private cul-de-sac in Worksop, Mr Straw’s House is the National Trust’s first small domestic property, acquired in 1990.

It is a preserved 1920s period home of a grocer’s family, virtually unchanged since the Straws moved there in 1923.

View of the Store Cupboard on the second floor landing of Mr Straw’s House. There are many pots of Bovril as well as tinned fruit and various conserves. PHOTO: Geoffrey Frosh

Showing the parlour of Mr Straw’s House. The interior has been preserved since the death of Walter and William Straw’s parents. PHOTO: Geoffrey Frosh

Visitors can spend time in the display rooms, hear nostalgic stories of the Straws, and get a glimpse of some of the collection usually hidden away in drawers and cupboards. There is also the opportunity to chat with the Collections & House team about how they care for more than 30,000 treasured possessions and ordinary domestic items that can still be seen exactly where their
owners left them.

The theme in the house this year is ‘A simpler life at a slower pace: the Straws, their hobbies and technology’. Visitors can learn more about how the family lived without many of the technologies we take for granted, and how they spent their leisure time without it.

The house is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 7 March – 1 November, 09.00 – 15.00, as well as various Saturdays during June & July. Admission is by pre-booked timed self-led tours. Visits are in small groups of four people only, to help with the conservation work at the property.

Book through the Mr Straw’s House website or by calling the Booking Office on 0344 249 1895. Admission is £8 for adults, £4 for children and free to National Trust members. Car parking is available in the orchard opposite the house.