Ration books to go on display at museum

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A FAMILY’S set of Second World War ration books in a hand-embroidered cover are the latest additions to a new museum.

The Novium, which opened in Chichester in July, was donated the books by Judy Fowler, whose mother Winifred kept the books safely locked away after rationing ended in the 1950s.

The items will go on display at the museum in December.

Judy, 67, from Midhurst, said: ‘My mother must have thought they were historic documents and so decided they should be kept. I imagine she embroidered the cover while sitting listening to the wireless during the war.

‘She would be tickled pink to think they were going to a museum.’

Judy said she can remember buying sweets as a young girl with coupons from her ration book and that the family needed the books to get their meat ration from the local butcher’s shop.

Jennifer Bowser, exhibitions officer at The Novium in Tower Street, said: ‘The fact that these ration books were used by a local family who still have ties to the area is quite significant.

‘They make a lovely addition to our collection.

‘The time and care taken to embroider this cover indicates ration books must have played an important role to the family during the war.’

The Novium is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm. It will close Monday and Tuesday from November to March.