Here are the most recent donations to the Museum collection…
A credit card imprinter, used by The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society. This imprinter was used in Nuneaton to take payments for sales of the society’s publications. Imprinters were widely used before electronic card readers became a popular.
Illustration of Ansley Hall, near Nuneaton, with the inscription ‘To John Newdigate Ludford ESQR D.C.L This view of his paternal mansion for many years the residence of his ancestors is respectfully inscribed by his much obliged and very faithful servant J. Nichols’. Ansley Hall was demolished in the 1970s due to disrepair.
Photograph of Sid Clarke taken when he was the co-manager of the Palace Cinema, Nuneaton. Early 20th Century. Built in 1889, ‘Andrews Picture Palace’ was Nuneaton’s first full time cinema, it was initially used as a working men’s club. The name later changed to ‘The Palace’. When the New Palace was built, Sid Clarke converted the original into an ice skating rink and later a ballroom. The cinema business moved to the new building in 1928. Sid Clarke was killed during the Nuneaton Air Raid of 17th May 1941.
The portrait was taken by local photographer Leonard Chettle, who was based in Queens Road, Nuneaton.
Silk transcription of ‘A Prologue’, spoken at the opening of the New Prince of Wales Theatre, Nuneaton, by Mrs Henry Stubbs. Transcription dated December 17th 1900. It was written for the occasion by Mr A. F. Cross, Managing Director of the Nuneaton Theatre and Entertainment Co LTD.
Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery continuously receives donations for the collection. Objects donated are often from people living in Nuneaton and Bedworth and always relate to the borough in some way. We shall regularly post new acquisitions on our blog so that you can see what objects are being stored and displayed at your local museum.