No, not a particularly tacky sequel to the horror slasher classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) but a throwaway reference by colleague, Sam Sportun, Senior Conservator at the Manchester Museum, to recent media interest in the material from the Sand Hills cottages excavation near Alderley Edge. See BBC Manchester’s page about the dig at Alderley Edge.
The University of Manchester’s Dr Eleanor Casella has recently published a book about the dig ‘The Alderley Sandhills Project’ which focused on some workers’ cottages whose occupation spanned the Industrial Revolution.
We are including archaeological finds of more recent date in the Ancient Worlds displays and even talked at one stage of displaying some lino from the cottages to illustrate the idea of stratigraphy and dating.
We were struggling with the conservation of the lino, which is in generally poor condition but Sam has now turned up a spine-tingling Texas reference to work on lino, a previously unknown specialism in conservation science.
We look forward to finding out more. Perhaps at long last we can all now go back into the kitchen or bathroom without feeling terrified.