You’ll soon be able to vote for your favourite Suffolk museums Object of the Year! Museums from across Suffolk have been busy getting the nominations in and we can’t wait to share this years selection of interesting objects with you. The theme for the objects this year is ‘Hidden History‘.
An object with a Hidden History can be anything from objects which are rarely displayed (but that have a fascinating tale to tell) to objects connected to this history of minority communities. This could include the LGBTQ community, disabled people, BAME communities, women’s history or any other hidden communities. Museum objects are evidence of our shared culture and heritage and contain hidden histories, capable of telling the stories of people who may not currently be represented in museum displays.
Last years theme for the award was ‘Sporting Memories‘. Here’s a a quick re-cap on the worthy winners – Halesworth Museum and their rather special Dwile Flonking Trophy!
What is Dwile Flonking?
The English game of dwile flonking (also dwyle flunking) involves two teams of twelve players, each taking a turn to dance around the other while attempting to avoid a beer-soaked dwile (cloth) thrown by the non-dancing team.
The “Dwile” is a knitted floor cloth, from the Dutch dweil, meaning “mop”, and “flonk”.
The Halesworth trophy is a pewter trophy in the style of a chamber pot. The pot is slightly damaged because it was used in the game when a flonker, who has swadged, consumed the ale in the pot. The ale is consumed when the flonker fails to hit any of the men standing in a circle with the dwile ˗ an ale soaked dishcloth.
The winner between 1968 and 1970 was the local team known as the Blyth Valley Dwile Flonkers, who were then allowed to retain this trophy and donated it to the Halesworth Museum in 2012.
The award winning object – Blythe Valley Dwile Flonkers 1968-69-70