New Exhibition: Ernestine’s Story

Posted on: 23rd January 2016

Lyme Regis Museum has a new exhibition in the ground floor gallery. It tells the story of Ernestine Collier, a local lady who lived all her life in Lyme and died there last October, aged 86.

When she was sorting her mother’s possessions, Diana Hunt found that she had kept mementoes of events in her life. These included her wedding veil, photographs, certificates and other items. This little collection tells a poignant story of what could be described as an “ordinary” life. Ernestine was born in Lyme, went to school here, worked in local shops, such as Braggs, married Sydney Collier, a war veteran, injured in the Second World War, had children and ended her days in Lyme close to her family. Ernestine’s life had its tragedies and joys, all revealed by her collection of personal treasures.