Mr Vacuum Cleaner
58 Nottingham Road
Nottingham NG16 3NQ
After yesterday's trip to Mister T Carpets, a trip to Mr Vacuum Cleaner seems just the ticket.
And what a fine place Mr Vacuum Cleaner is.
His excellent website promotes an impressive product range, as well as comprehensive options for servicing and repairs.
But it also goes one step further (I quote directly):
The shop also serves as a vacuum cleaner museum with a range of vintage and classic machines on display, perfect if you wish to indulge in a bit of nostalgia about your granny's/dad's/auntie's/mum's old machine FROM YOUR childhood!
A vacuum cleaner museum!
It's not as outlandish an idea as it sounds.
Vacuum cleaners play a pivotal role in the history of our domestic lives. Every household has one. A friend who sits silently in the corner for most of the week, but then loudly and enthusiastically goes about his business when called upon. A rare machine that gathers dust while actively in use. A machine that thrives on what you might term a productive emptiness, creating a temporary black hole in our homes, into which all the bad things fly. A machine that can take multiple forms, from the friendly Henry to the hard-nosed Dyson. (See this post by the excellent Mr Tim Rich for an analysis of Dyson's latest, somewhat wayward, advertising campaign.)
How heartening to find a store owner who takes such an enthusiastic interest in his product that it extends into a museum as well as a shop. (As you would expect from a true enthusiast, entry to the museum is free.)
More details, including an interview with Mr Vacuum Cleaner, on the BBC website. (The interview is worth watching as it includes footage of a blindfolded Mr Vacuum Cleaner identifying three vacuum models purely from their sound.)
Footnote: the image above is taken from Mr Vacuum Cleaner's website. His store/museum appears to have opened only a few months ago and has not yet been captured on Google Street View.