The Museum’s Steventon Village project is currently seeking materials to construct a slab hut.
An article on this appears in this week’s Leader Messenger newspaper:
Unfortunately the article misses the original thatched roof and mention of the stones we need for end walls and fireplace and chimney, but it will be interesting to see what responses we receive.
Our Display Concept Plan 2010 envisages the following:
The hut would consist of rough timber walls around a log frame with a thatched roof (a corrugated iron roof would be placed below the thatch to protect the exhibit). Visitors could view the interior in an alcove: the view would reveal a room partitioned by a simple curtain suspended from the ceiling into two sections, one for dining, the other for sleeping. There would be minimal furnishings; perhaps an iron bed, hessian rugs, a crate with candle; a deal table with a couple of chairs and chipped dinner plates. Outside the hut two mannequins, representing a man and his son, would be visible sleeping under a wagon with a canvas cover under which, it would be presumed, would be all their worldly goods. There would be a flickering campfire with a cast iron pot, a couple of fowls scratching in a corner. In another corner a saw embedded in a log would be visible across the surface of a pit. The storyline would be that of a man and boy getting a place ready for the womenfolk to move from temporary lodgings in the city. It could well represent the story of George McEwin at Highercombe in 1845 (see Auhl, pp. 58-59).