Twelve Days of Collections: day eight

Welcome to day eight of the Twelve Days of Collections.

On the eighth day of Christmas, according to The Twelve Days of Christmas, the interesting choice of gift is ‘eight maids a-milking’. Luckily for us, the collections we care for are so diverse, we have many collection items that we could have chosen for today. We managed to get it down to four items that illustrate the milk production process from farm to bottle.

Follow the milk production process on a journey through time with our collections.

On the farm

Photograph, sepia, showing Mr Arthur Munday milking a cow, Will Hall Farm, Alton, Hampshire, 1900-29

Storing and preparing

A photograph showing two men working in the milking room at Priory Farm in Selborne, Hampshire. This photograph was likely taken in the early 1940's.

Transporting the goods

Photograph, black and white, showing a lorry, for Cow and Gate, food mfr, built by Thornycroft, Worting Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire. c.1940

Bottling up

Milk bottle, colourless glass, 1pt size, shoulderless shape, red and yellow printed inscriptions including advertisement for local paper 'The News', used by Gauntlett Dairies, Stakes Road, Purbrook, Portsmouth, c1975-1994

Join us tomorrow for day nine of the Twelve Days of Collections! Or visit yesterday's article here.

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