Lighten Up!

This month’s Hands on History session will present objects from our collections that have a relationship to light, delving into their uses and the histories behind them. Fantastic objects for visitors to enjoy will include a beautiful Tibetan Flint Pouch traditionally known as a ‘chuckmuck’ and an atmospheric painting by the cartoonist Noel Ford called ‘The Twilight Shift’.

Here’s an unusual light related object, which looks as if it might belong in a chemistry lab! I was excited to find it in the stores and will be bringing it out for our visitors to handle. Can you guess what it is and how it might have been used?


The wooden panel the object is mounted on is a later addition for safe-keeping and display purposes and does not relate to the original use of the object.

Look forward to seeing you at our ‘Light’ Hands on History  session in the Picture Gallery on Saturday 19 March from 11am – 4pm.

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