Behind the scenes: uncovering objects in store

As our collection audit continues we’re coming across a real mix of objects. Some have never been cataloged and documented so are new to us. Others have been accessioned, but still remain somewhat of a mystery!

This week we found a great mystery item – a polished section of tree branch bearing what is described in our records as a Jewish inscription.

Today when we acquire new objects for the museum’s collection we record as much information as possible about the item and its significance to help us interpret it in future.

However, we hold very little information about this section of tree branch, which makes it a very difficult object to display and interpret. We would love to hear from anyone who can tell us more about it. If you can interpret the inscription or know more about the object please contact Becky at

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2 Responses to Behind the scenes: uncovering objects in store

  1. Jacqueline Rose says:

    The letters are Hebrew and are upside down in this picture. If part of one of the letters is missing then it says Jerusalem.

    • Becky Harvey says:

      Hi Jacqueline, Thank you very much for your comment, that’s really helpful. We had a feeling the letters might be upside down!

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