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      14.04.2016 14:10
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      Larger than life? Almost.

      The third of the museums on my post-Easter Hull visit; the Streetlife Museum is just off the old High Street and adjacent to both the Arctic Corsair and the Hull & East Riding Museum. Outside in the square adjoining all three is a decorative garden with a shrubbery, pond (difficult to discern the likelihood of piscine activity), and seating.

      Essentially a single large industrial building sited over original tram lines (I suspect it's an original tram terminus shed), the museum houses a number of former vehicles from Hull's past: trams, streetcars, buses - as well as more general vehicles from history, including turn of the 20th Century original vehicles by Benz and others.
      There are also diorama of signal boxes with steam train from the heyday of iron and goods transport, a 50s shop (with well preserved advertising and products), an even older pharmacy with a variety of cures for ailments of the person, and an upstairs section featuring carriages.

      There's also a section on road safety (again, full of posters thoughtfully saved, and a video of original Green Cross Code adverts), a recreated street with delivery vehicles and bus stops - and lots of other nostalgia.

      The only downside would be that with so many actual vehicles inside, there's a limit to how much can be displayed, but the museum is about the right-size to entertain without getting boring.

      We easily spent an hour here, with the kids clambering on buses, pretending to drive trams and racing round to complete the question trail maps they'd been given, and it really is an imaginatively thought-out and presented collection of Hull and the UK's general street life history.

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