At Rushden Museum we are still working several hours a week on the project to repack and reorganise our storeroom. We still have a lot of boxes to check but already the shelves are starting to look tidier. During the session on the 11 December 2018 one of the items we repacked was a stone jar bearing the name J. W. Bright, Rushden.
James William Bright was a mineral water manufacturer. He was born in 1873 in Haynes, Bedfordshire but by 1901 he was living in Washbrook Road, Rushden with his wife Selina. At that time he was working for Oldham & Co, but by 1911 he had his own mineral water business. He traded from Duck Street and was still trading there in 1936. We also have several glass bottles bearing the names J. W. Bright and Oldham & Co. in the museum collection.
Some of the bottles from the museum collection.
Two of our volunteers repacking some bottles.