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Bissel Carpet Sweeper- Artefact Pick


Dave Cox, the museum technician at Glanmore National Historic Site, brought out something that not all of us think about daily.

Vacuuming, or some other variation of cleaning, is not always everyone’s favourite thing to do. What’s interesting about Dave’s artefact pick, is that it’s a precursor to the modern-day vacuum.

The Bissel carpet sweeper at the museum was made around 1890 and is currently located in the basement with the ‘Maid of all Work’ exhibit, showcasing different cleaning methods and supplies from the early days of Glanmore, when the original owners were still living here.

To see this and other artefacts like it, please stop by the museum anytime.

Melissa Wakeling has a Bachelor of Arts from Trent University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship from Fleming College. Melissa works as Education and Marketing Coordinator at Glanmore National Historic Site in Belleville, Ontario.