Rubbish exhibition inspired by Lyme landslip

PUBLISHED: 17:01 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:43 15 June 2010

Lyme Regis binmen were famous for wearing bowler hats and tails

Lyme Regis binmen were famous for wearing bowler hats and tails

Bowler hats, rats and Bovril all feature in the new winter exhibition at Lyme Regis Museum.  Entitled DUSTO! The History of Rubbish Collecting in Lyme Regis it takes an entertaining look at what we threw away in the past.

Bowler hats, rats and Bovril all feature in the new winter exhibition at Lyme Regis Museum.

Entitled 'DUSTO! The History of Rubbish Collecting in Lyme Regis' it takes an entertaining look at what we threw away in the past.

The exhibition will be open on Thursday, December 11, from 5.30pm to 8pm, when the museum will be open free to coincide with late night Christmas shopping.

The exhibition has been inspired by the landslip of May this year, which occurred below the site of the old town tip. This revealed some unusual new 'finds' including a glass eye, false teeth and many bottles and jars, coins, numerous pieces of crested crockery from Lyme's hotels, and many mystery objects. A selection of this historic 'rubbish' will be on display in the exhibition, giving an unusual glimpse into everyday domestic life in Lyme in the 20th century.

Alongside the 'finds' will be fascinating historic photographs from the museum's collection, showing the old tip, dustcarts and dustmen.

The exhibition will also include old press cuttings describing some of the more unsavoury events at the tip, such as when it closed and the east end of town was over-run with rats.

The highlight of the show is a selection of photos of the dustmen of the 1950s and '60s, who were world famous for wearing bowler hats and tail coats while carrying out their duties. The late night opening will be a great chance for a free visit to the museum, which is a real treasure trove of local history.

If you miss it on December 11, the exhibition will be running until Easter, 2009.

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