Hello and welcome to the first post in what I hope will be an on-going series called ‘Access All Areas’. It aims to give a glimpse into the life of an Access Assistant here at Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery.
With the sounds of the Jubilee concert still ringing in my ears (maybe I shouldn’t have my volume quite so loud?) I find myself once again behind my desk pondering the subject of my first blog post. “The Jubilee, of course!” I hear you cry, as such I have chosen 3 items from our collection on that very subject.
The first is this fantastic limited edition sculpture of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Crafted in resin this was sculpted by local artist John Letts to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of 1977. The whole country came together and pageants and parades were held throughout the year with thousands of street parties on the day itself.
The next item is this commemorative tin of Quality Street chocolates. this tin was produced by Nestle to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002. the tin is decorated in a mix of gold and purple with a stylised ‘Q’ on the lid. The band around the outside of the tin features monochrome stills of the Queen throughout her life starting in 1926.
Although, it is worth remembering that our current monarch is not the only one to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee. The only previous British monarch to reach this milestone is Her Majesty’s Great-Great-Grandmother Queen Victoria. This final object, a commemorative glass plate, was produced for her Diamond Jubilee in 1897. It shows the Queen in the centre surrounded by the Jubilee year and a mixed wreath of thistles, roses and corn ears.