Advantages an interesing little museum
Disadvantages not groundbreaking
Familiarity breeds contempt so they say, but sometimes it can also be very comfortable. Recently whilst in Ghent I visited the Huis Van Alijin Museum of Folklore and found it to be very much the latter.The Huis van Alijin Museum is housed in some charming almshouses that surround a central courtyard located opposite Ghent's main canal. These medieval almshouses came about in a very romantic but tragic way. In the fourteenth century there were two rival families in the cloth trade. These were the Alijins and the Rijms. The Rijms murdered two of the Alijins and due to this the Rijms were sentenced to death but were pardoned as long as they founded almshouses to provide shelter for poor elderly women. The houses were bought by the city council in 1959 to house the museum of folklore's collection.
Next I entered the pretty chapel where there is an exhibition about school photos. There are individual and group ones. School photos seem to be universal. I was able to guess accurately how old the photos were before checking the dates, as I've seen so many old photographs. I could particularly date the 50s one , as the Flanders ones look almost identical to the ones I've seen of my parents right own to the short back and side haircuts and long bobs or plaits for the girls.Even as a small child I loved the old fashioned shops they had in Beamish and the Castle Museum so it was nice to see them all from chemists to the pub in the Huis Van Alijin.
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