Society taking trip back in time

23:58, Apr 02 2014

The Broadgreen Society is moving back in time for its new transport-themed exhibition.

A Path Well Travelled - Moving Through History opens this Sunday at Broadgreen Historic House, and the society is putting on a Great Gatsby-themed picnic to celebrate.

The public are invited to dress up in turn-of-the-century attire for what Broadgreen Society chairwoman Helen Le Cren hopes will be an "extravagant occasion".

"We have organised this event so that people can get together, dress up and have fun.

"We are wanting to see vintage cars, and genuine posh picnic regalia such as beautiful tablecloths and nice silver."

The posh picnic will kick off the exhibition that has taken almost a year to prepare, Le Cren said.


A Path Well Travelled looks at how people moved between Nelson, Stoke and Richmond during the early 1900s.

The public can expect to see stories, objects and images that relate to various modes of transport back in the day, whether it be by foot, horse, vehicle or dinghy.

"It all just helps put life in the 1800s into perspective."

The displays will also feature elements of costume and accessories for the active woman during the turn of the century.

"I think it is going to be a really interesting exhibition with a real local focus."

Stoke was a rural area and it was not just 10 minutes from town like it is today, Le Cren said.

The exhibition is timed to coincide with the Nelson City Council Heritage Week's Modes of Transport theme, and will run until May 4.

Posh Picnic, by Broadgreen Historic House in Nayland Rd, Sunday, 11am to 3pm.