Weaver’s Cottage has plenty of activities to help children make the most of their visit. Learn about life in the cottage by picking up one of the quiz sheets, which ask them to find and identify various objects in each of the rooms. Or steer them towards the rummage box, where they can touch to their heart’s content. There’s a variety of interesting old objects in there that they can smell, touch, pick up and play with, including a kettle, a shortbread mould, a washboard, carbolic soap, a Paisley shawl and a rag rug sample.
For younger children, there’s a colouring table with pictures of the patterns used by the weavers for them to colour in, and mini-weaving using bright ribbons that even the smallest fingers can try.
Everyone can have a go at rag-rug making, with help and advice on how to recycle clothing into lovely practical rugs. Staff and volunteers have made these rugs for other Trust properties including the Tenement House, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and Moirlanich Longhouse.
Did you know?
A Weaver’s Tale, a short film featuring the weaver from Weaver’s Cottage, shows the intricacies of making tartan on a 200-year-old loom and is available online at www.nts.org.uk/scotlandsstories/