Public Service Announcement: Cider press at Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre unavailable to the public

Public Service Announcement: Cider press at Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre unavailable to the public

 

Lincoln, ON – (May 6, 2022) – Please take note that the cider press located on the property of the Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre – Home of the Jordan Historical Museum of the Twenty has been blocked off to allow investigation. The artifact that has been identified as experiencing some deterioration.

In our continued commitment to protecting objects within the museum’s collection, the perimeter of the drive shed where the cider press is located (on the northwest edge of the museum property) has been blocked off with construction fencing to prevent public access.

The drive shed area is expected to be closed off for several weeks. Access to the Museum building, schoolhouse and regular programming is not affected by this closure.

The cider press is being addressed immediately to help with preservation of the item. Further updates will be provided once a full conservator’s report with recommendations for next steps is completed.

 

BACKGROUND ON CIDER PRESS:

The cider press was constructed by Jacob Fry between 1814-1843 and was donated to the museum in 1953 by Fry’s descendants. Initially, the press was housed inside the schoolhouse, but was moved outside in 1973. During the 70 years the press has been with the museum, it has undergone a series of conservation assessments and treatments to extend its life:

  • Lower beams were replaced in 1953 due to deterioration of the wood
  • ‘Crusher’ was recreated for interpretive purposes
  • 1966 conservation report by Mr. G. McLachlan
  • 2000 conservation treatment by Canadian Conservation Institute to install support structures and treat wood for insect infestation

 

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