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Chapters XV11-XV11 Dairying a source of “worrit”.

When I read that Nancy is advised to begin dairying by her sister Priscilla I immediately brought my 21st century attitudes to bear.  I considered the difficulty of women of a certain class, finding pastimes to fill their hours particularly in … Continue reading

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Results from our Visitor Survey

Thank you to everyone who completed our survey about returning to visiting the museum.  It’s really helped us to finalise our plans for re-opening. Overall, most people wanted to see limited capacity at the museum and they also wanted to … Continue reading

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The First Mary Berry, Meet Elisabeth Raffald.

One of my favourite objects in the collection is a cookbook. It is called, “The Experienced English Housekeeper, For the use and ease of Ladies, Housekeepers, Cooks and &c” and was written by Elizabeth Raffald. Ours is the eighth edition … Continue reading

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Silas Marner, Chapters 13 and 14 “Wonder and Reflection” by Sarah Barnette

Wonder has long been regarded as the emotion underpinning all of humanity’s greatest achievements. It makes us think, ask questions, and try to answer them. It propels us forward. Religion, science, and art each stem from our capacity for wonder … Continue reading

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Silas Marner: Chapters Nine and Ten by Natalie Marlow

Dolly Winthrop and the Coventry Godcake   In a previous post, Ruth Livesey talked about Raymond Williams’s wonderful book The Country and the City and his work on the ‘knowable communities’ of the country novel. For Williams, in novels such as Silas Marner and Adam … Continue reading

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The Hospital and Nuneaton Carnival

Before the National Health Service which began in 1948, hospitals were private or funded through charities. The National Insurance Act of 1911 created an insurance scheme which workers had to pay into it generally was enough to cover a doctor, … Continue reading

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Reading Silas Marner in Lockdown Part IV: Melting (Chapters 7&8) by Ruth Livesey

Reading Silas Marner in Lockdown Part IV: Melting (Chapters 7&8) ‘Our consciousness rarely registers the beginning of a growth within us any more than without us: there have been many circulations of the sap before we detect the smallest signs … Continue reading

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Donkeys and the History of Ribbon-weaving

Donkeys and the History of Ribbon-weaving Yes you did read that correctly! Donkeys are a part of the history of ribbon-weaving across the borough. Ribbon-weaving was one of the first industries to be moved from the home to factories. The … Continue reading

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Reading Silas Marner Part III (ch 5-6): A bit of social glue at the Rainbow by Ruth Livesey.

  What holds us together as communities and individuals trying to ‘stay alert’ and exercise control over the great unknowns that might barge into our lives? Chapters 5 and 6 of Silas Marner pick away at that question of the … Continue reading

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Missing Museums Us Too! 2

Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery has recently launched its Youtube channel so we thought for this blog we’d share news about it, as well as sharing other Museum Youtube channels which we’ve found entertaining. To access our museum Youtube channel … Continue reading

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