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    Behind the Scenes at the Museum

    If you’ve ever read Kate Atkinson’s wonderful debut novel of a fictionalised childhood, growing up close to York’s wonderful Castle Museum, you’ll have instantly spotted the fact that I’ve borrowed the title of said book. I, like Atkinson, spent my childhood in Yorkshire and have many fond memories of school trips to the (superb) Bronte Museum in Howarth, near Halifax, and the Railway Museum and Castle Museum at York, where an entire Victorian street had been recreated using salvaged shop fronts and fittings. This glimpse at Victorian England was complete with a functional print shop, sweet shop, a full size horse and carriage ‘trotting’ on the cobblestones and a gas…