Back to the 40s for a special kind of celebration at Prickwillow Museum near Ely

40s event at Prickwillow Museum PHOTO: Mike Rouse

40s event at Prickwillow Museum PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Prickwillow Museum prides itself on telling the story of the changing face of the Fens – and its network of drainage systems and pumping stations – but at the weekend it picked a particular era to celebrate.

40s event at Prickwillow Museum PHOTO: Mike Rouse

40s event at Prickwillow Museum PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

The museum decided to go back to the 40s with period clothes, hair and make-up, traditional 1940’s food, music and dancing besides military and domestic vehicles and memorabilia.

Photographer Mike Rouse felt it was “a really lovely event and drawing a good crowd of enthusiasts.

40s event at Prickwillow Museum PHOTO: Mike Rouse

40s event at Prickwillow Museum PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

“Peter & Claire White were the driving force behind it with the usual Prickwillow stalwarts who do such a great job.

“The sun shone, the music by Timescape was spot on and there were such great vehicles and costumes.”

40s event at Prickwillow Museum PHOTO: Mike Rouse

40s event at Prickwillow Museum PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant


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Prickwillow Museum, formerly known as the Prickwillow Drainage Engine Museum, is housed in the old pumping station in Prickwillow.

The museum contains a major collection of large diesel pumping engines which have all been restored to working order.

40s event at Prickwillow Museum PHOTO: Mike Rouse

40s event at Prickwillow Museum PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

40s event at Prickwillow Museum PHOTO: Mike Rouse

40s event at Prickwillow Museum PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

40s event at Prickwillow Museum PHOTO: Mike Rouse

40s event at Prickwillow Museum PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

40s event at Prickwillow Museum PHOTO: Mike Rouse

40s event at Prickwillow Museum PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

40s event at Prickwillow Museum PHOTO: Mike Rouse

40s event at Prickwillow Museum PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

40s event at Prickwillow Museum PHOTO: Mike Rouse

40s event at Prickwillow Museum PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

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