Thursday, 10 February 2011
In common with the rest of Salts Mill, Saltaire, the Bookshop is filled not only with books but also with unusual treasures. I am deeply fond of this old child's desk. It reminds me of the desks we used at Primary School, though our chairs were separate, not linked as this one is. But we had wooden desks with lids that lifted for storage inside - and they still had holes for inkwells, though we didn't use them (fountain pens had moved on to ink cartridges by then!) I remember that at the end of every term half-an-hour was dedicated to polishing our own desk lid - with real beeswax polish. You can imagine the fun we had! I have often wondered if this particular desk has found its way into the Mill from the Victorian Factory Schools that Titus Salt introduced into Saltaire. Haven't we come a long way? I haven't been into a Primary School for a while but I would not be surprised to see suites of computers these days.