Royal babies, education from a previous era and the dedication of New England nurses are three new exhibitions to be explored at the Armidale Folk Museum, which is celebrating some very wise and healthy themes until the end of July.
The coming birth of a new royal has the museum celebrating with a lovely display of babies' clothes and accessories dating from the mid-1880s to the 1950s.
These types of clothes are often in good condition as they weren't used often enough to wear out.Hayley Ward
Museum team leader Hayley Ward has recreated a time when "Every baby was a royal baby" and dressed in lovingly handmade gowns featuring lace, frills and pleats aplenty.
"We have a large collection of babies christening gowns and baby dresses from the end of the 19th century up to the 1940s," Hayley said.
"These types of clothes are often in good condition as they weren't used often enough to wear out."
An early 20th century classroom was created for the Schools in! exhibition, including items borrowed from the Museum of Education. Schools in! recalls a time when chalkboards and slates were the main tools used for teaching and classes of all ages were held in a single room.
Relive those early years as the New England region was being established, and parents strove to give their children a decent education for a brighter future.
To coincide with Anzac Day, Courage & Devotion: New England nurses in WW2 tells the stories of three local nurses who signed up to save lives, not to end them.
"People often focus on male troops, but what of the women who nursed them?" Hayley said.
Courage & Devotion highlights the commitment and sacrifice of young women who volunteered to nurse the wounded and dying in exceptionally difficult circumstances.
The Armidale Folk Museum is on the corner of Faulkner and Rusden Street and is open daily from 11am to 2pm. Entry is by gold coin donation.