Here are some recent donations to the Museum collection…
Photograph showing a Sunday School treat parade, about 1920s. The Sunday school can be seen walking up Coleshill Road, Chapel End, holding the Chapel End Wesleyan Chapel banner. In front of banner parades a brass band and there are people walking with parade. The Chapel End Wesleyan Chapel banner was donated to the museum in July 2013.
A painting by Noel Ford titled ‘Tina Barks Through Many Windows’, signed and dated 1971. This piece was entered into the Festival of Arts at Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery by the artist in 1971. The painting was purchased, held in a private ownership and then gifted to the museum in August 2013 by a local charity.
Noel Ford was born and schooled in Nuneaton. In 1979 Ford became deputy editorial cartoonist for the Daily Star newspaper and has contributed work to publications such as Punch, Private Eye, Morning Advertiser, Weekend, Truck & Driver and The Golfer. Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery holds examples of Noel Fords cartoons.
Air raid warden’s helmet and gas mask used during the Second World War.The helmet was worn by Reginald Harris who lived in Attleborough and worn when he was on duty during air raids in Nuneaton. The gas mask belonged to Reginald’s son Brian, who was given it at school to carry out air raid drills.
A membership card holder for the Grand Bingo and Social Club, Chapel End, Nuneaton. The donor used to go to the Grand Bingo hall on Sunday nights with her mother-in-law and would also take some knitting. She remembers sitting in non-smoking section upstairs.
A trouser press and purchase receipt owned and used by George Thomas Woods. George worked as Nuneaton County Court Clerk for 34 years from 1916. He is remembered to have always dressed smartly and usually in a suit complete with a waistcoat and pocket watch. The receipt shows the order and collection of a tailor made suit from C. Hamlin Tailor and Hosiers, Nuneaton. Dated April 1916, the suit cost £3.30.
A book titled ‘how to be a good hostess’. This book was donated with a selection of cookery books from the 1950s owned by Marjorie Morris (Nee Kiteley). Marjorie lived in Ansley Road, Nuneaton and worked in the shoe shop Burdetts, originally located in Nuneaton and then later moved to Tamworth. The contents of the book include ‘lay your plans’, ‘invitations’, ‘putting your house in order’, ‘arranging the flowers’, ‘what shall I wear?’, ‘making yourself lovely’ and ‘how pretty the table looks’.
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.