Mrs Malloch's Spinning Wheel
One of the best things about working in a museum is learning about the history of our objects; finding out about the people behind them, and being able to share their stories. That is exactly what happened when one of our visitors from New Zealand shared this wonderful image with us recently.
The picture features Alexandrina Malloch, who was the proprietress of the Kings House Hotel during the Second World War and a relative of our New Zealand visitor. Mrs Malloch used to do spinning demonstrations outside the Kings House for tourists. Our visitor had been told by family members that the spinning wheel pictured was on display in Glencoe Folk Museum, and so decided to come and see it for herself while visiting the area. The spinning wheel has been in our collections for year with no record of its provenance apart from the name of the donor: Mrs Cameron. Our visitor recognised Mrs Cameron as Mrs Malloch’s daughter, and so we were able to reunite our old spinning wheel with its past!