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The Lost Castles of Weddington and Sudeley

Did you know that two castles once existed in Nuneaton? Weddington Castle was built by Thomas, Marquis of Dorset as a fortified residence. In 1491, he enclosed the entire manor of Weddington, turning the land over for cattle and turning … Continue reading

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Melly Mini Blog 2. Melly the Builder

Welcome to the second mini blog relating to stories about the founder of Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery, Edward Melly. In 1893 Edward Melly was involved in the building of 70 miner’s cottages in Bermuda Village at £100 each. These … Continue reading

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Melly Mini Blog

Welcome the the first of three special mini blogs highlighting aspects of the life of Edward Ferdinand Melly, the founder of Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery. After making his fortune in local coal mining, Edward  Melly became a great philanthropist … Continue reading

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Five top tips for looking after your treasures at home

At Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery, one of our most important jobs is to take care of our collections. The main problem we face is that our objects were not designed to last forever. We face an ongoing battle to … Continue reading

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Up up and away!

With the recent cinema release of ‘The Aeronauts’ starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, we thought you might like to hear about a local ballooning adventure which may have influenced the film! Below is an extract from the Nuneaton Diary … Continue reading

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All that glitters…

Today we are sharing with you a peak of Saturday’s Hands on History session, featuring some of the Museum’s collection of jewellery and ornaments from around the world. Such objects are beautiful to the eye and have been worn throughout human … Continue reading

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Shoulder To Shoulder

You may have seen on the television on Sunday the amazing site of hundreds of banners being processed in London, Cardiff, Belfast and Edinburgh, all marking the 100th anniversary of some women getting the right to vote. This was all part … Continue reading

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Deeds Not Words!

This year marks the 100th anniversary for some women in Britain being allowed the right to vote. It was the start of a move towards general suffrage for women. In marking this event, Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery was invited by prestigious … Continue reading

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A visit to Brampton Museum

On Monday 26 March members of the Museum team visited The Brampton Museum in Newcastle Under Lyme. In many respects this museum is similar to Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery as it has temporary exhibitions as well as more permanent exhibitions reflecting the history … Continue reading

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Collycroft & the Community Showcase!

Members of the Collycroft Residents Association have been busy in the Museum stores researching objects for our next Community Showcase. The group have had great fun exploring themes such as industry, education and geography in order to create their own … Continue reading

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