Bluebird bedside cabinets

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Collection
Category
Furniture
Date
Circa 1940s
Designer
Unknown
Material
Oak, formica
Dimensions
Height 74cm x Width 33cm x Depth 34cm
Purchase Price
N/A

Description

Two utility bedside cabinets

Provenance

From a skip outside the Waterhead Hotel.

Adaptions/renovations

Replaced blue formica, otherwise good condition

Why it's in the Collection

These classically utilitarian bedside cabinets were rescued from a skip outside the Waterhead Hotel. Fancifully imagined to have been from the room where Donald Campbell (1921 – 1967) had stayed before his fateful accident on Lake Coniston. The blue formica is a recent addition that references Campbell's Bluebird K7 vessel.

They are an example of how many of the objects in the collection are linked to local cultural history through association, personal anecdotes and sub-plot, regardless of any actual evidence or historical fact.

 

Bibliography & Further information

Donald Campbell's last record attempt on Lake Coniston

Ruskin Museum

BBC News story, 2001