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Hands on History: Three Joyful Objects

June’s online Hands on History session aims to provide an uplifting and lighthearted exploration of three inherently joyful objects from the museum collection.     This delightful ceramic honeypot imitates the shape of a beehive. The handle for lifting the … Continue reading

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Scents and Sensibility: Hands on History Online

For April, our monthly Hands on History session is brought to you online. As you might have guessed from the title of this post, the theme of the session is scent. Aromas can conjure memories, whet appetites, revitalise, inspire, conceal, … Continue reading

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Heart of Gold Ruby Glass

February’s Hands on History session, ‘The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon’, tells a story of the heart of the home through a collection of objects either related to or used in the kitchen such as cooking equipment, earthenware and … Continue reading

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Paper Lace: Compliments of the Season

December’s forthcoming Hands on History session assembles a collection of different examples of lacework. Several of the objects to be shared in the session were given to the museum by Clare Melly, who was born in 1891. Clare is the … Continue reading

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Remembering Nuneaton Factories

“It was just our life, there were so many factories”, are the words one visitor used as she began to tell me her memories of Nuneaton factories at our recent Hands on History event on the subject. In preparation for … Continue reading

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Journey to Japan

Last Saturday our Museum Access Assistants journeyed to Japan without leaving Nuneaton via a selection of Japanese objects from the museum collections including a Japanese clockwork flytrap, a miniature teaset, a kinchaku (money pouch), a Satsumaware vase and a cigar … Continue reading

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Celebrating Summer

Sunny days settle in as summer approaches… Our next Hands on History session on Saturday 15th June is all about summer, a celebration of its pleasures.     This hand-painted paper fan is among the summertime objects gathered from our collections … Continue reading

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Tea in Miniature

  This ceramic tea set is soon to appear in ‘Life in Miniature’, our Hands on History session on Saturday 20th April. The small-scale tea set was donated to Nuneaton Museum by someone who grew up in Bull Street in Attleborough. … Continue reading

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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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