Remembering Queen Elizabeth II
The Queen in North Lincolnshire
Queen Elizabeth II visited the Scunthorpe area for the first time in 1958. During her tour she opened the Civic Theatre, which is now the Plowright Theatre. The royal visit went on to Charter Hall, the Model Traffic Area and Queen’s Gardens where the Queen and Prince Philip planted trees. After this they visited North Lindsey Technical College, now North Lindsey College. This was followed by a drive around the town, ending with a visit to Appleby Frodingham steelworks and a drive through Redbourn steelworks.
The Queen revisited the area several times including in 1974 when she officially opened the British Steel Anchor Project and to open the Humber Bridge in 1981.
Jubilee Celebration Quilts
The Quilters’ Guild Museum Collection have a series of three quilts made by an individual quiltmaker, DeAnne Hartwell-Jones. The quilts were all made to celebrate the Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilee’s of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.
The Queen at Harewood
Harewood House have commemorated Queen Elizabeth II on their website with a new feature: ‘The Queen at Harewood’.
Harewood House have also re-opened the Royal display which opened for the jubilee this year, which now commemorates and remembers HM The Queen.
National Coal Mining Museum Remembers
The National Coal Mining Museum put together a small display the day after The Queen’s death with a book of condolence for visitors, staff and volunteers to sign.
They are also commemorating her life with the inclusion of a glass check in the ‘Lives Lived, Lives Lost’ art installation in the Miners’ Memorial Garden, and will be holding a memorial event in November to mark this inclusion.
NB these handcrafted glass checks are reminiscent of the circular brass checks used when going underground – see: www.ncm.org.uk/donate/miners-memorial-garden.
South Yorkshire Transport Museum
Staff at SYTM operating the free bus trips are wearing white shirts and black ties, rather than their usual uniform, in order to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II, and staff in the museum have black armbands. Images of The Queen are also on display in the museum.
Victoria, MDY intern, reflects on her memories of the Queen…
‘In 2006 I was lucky enough to attend ‘The Children’s Party at the Palace’ at Buckingham Palace to honour the Queens 80th Birthday. My cousin won a competition that granted her tickets, so there I was at six years old, chuffed to be chosen as her plus one, boarding my first train to London to see the Queen!
‘It was a great do – with characters from the world of children’s literature dotted across the palace and gardens, as well as a televised performance. All the guests were given a purple hat, Union Jack flag and food hamper which I still have to this day, and served as fantastic ‘show and tell’ items throughout school!
Although I was young at the time, I will never forget going to the party at the palace; an incredibly magical and surreal moment for a child to experience’.