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Ring Out the Bells

Last Saturday, our Hands on History session on the theme of bells, brought together an eclectic mix of objects from the collections. In this post, I will share a selection of bells that caught our visitors’ attention.     Nuneaton’s last … Continue reading

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An Ocean Find

Whilst exploring our geological collection in preparation for Sea Finds: a Hands on History session looking at objects related to the sea, I found a brain coral. I can’t say that I particularly like this object as its brain-like appearance discomforts … Continue reading

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Faithful Guardians

An evocative and touching oil painting from our collection inspired October’s Hands on History session: Devotion. The painting is by a Victorian artist called Robert Morley. It depicts a girl watched over by her dog as she sleeps and has two … Continue reading

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First Aid

August’s Hands on History session investigates objects from the museum collections connected to medicine. One object to be shared with visitors on Saturday 18 August is this mid-20th century First Aid Kit.     This kit belonged to a local miner, … Continue reading

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A Collection of Favourite Recipes from Nuneaton

A slim, papery, brown book entitled ‘Collection of Favourite Recipes’ from our museum collections is packed with retro recipes with intriguing names and basic ingredients. The book was printed by Newdegate Press, Nuneaton and the majority of recipes contributed by Nuneaton … Continue reading

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Safety First: Spiritual Protection

This month’s Hands on History session ‘Safety First’ considers objects from the museum collections that were created and used to keep people safe. Objects which have protected people from adversity including extreme weather conditions, poor sanitation, war and disease will be … Continue reading

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Reflections in a Secret Mirror

For February’s Hands on History session, ‘Looking Glass’, I have chosen several unique objects from our collections that incorporate mirrors in their designs. A lovely one is this small enamel trinket box crafted in Bilston in Wolverhampton.     In … Continue reading

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