Paraffin heater

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Object

Heater

Title

Paraffin heater

Production date

1960s

Material

Metals
Enamel

Dimensions

height (Whole): 510mm
diameter (whole): 240mm

Description

This is a paraffin heater used by Stanley and Adela Dormer in the 1960s. The Dormers emigrated from Jamaica to Battersea, first living in a room which they shared with two other people. The cold English winter was a stark change from the climate of the Caribbean, so the paraffin heater was essential for keeping warm. The landlady turned off the electricity and gas during the day so the Dormers' heater was used a lot. The heater was also used to cook food, as the communal house cooker was shared between 10 people. The heater could also be used to dry clothes and nappies, boil the kettle and heat babies milk. It was an essential item for Caribbean immigrants.

Production person

Valor

Production place

Dalston

Inscription

Valor N2207

Object number

2008.189

On display?

No

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