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Curator’s Choice – The Golden Wedding by Pompeo Massani, c.1900
Hull

Curator’s Choice – The Golden Wedding by Pompeo Massani, c.1900

Looking at Pompeo Massani’s small canvas The Golden Wedding, painted at the turn of the 20th century, I wonder how …

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Curator’s Choice – Inuit Polar Bear Bone Ornament
Hull

Curator’s Choice – Inuit Polar Bear Bone Ornament

This small (7.5 cm by 3.5 cm) polar bear ornament is carved from walrus ivory. It is shown walking on …

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Curator’s Choice – Low Countries Redware Dripping Pan
Hull

Curator’s Choice – Low Countries Redware Dripping Pan

This wonderfully weird medieval dish is a dripping pan made in a distinctive type of pottery known as Low Countries …

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Curator’s Choice – Mr Great Heart, Peter Howson, 1997
Hull

Curator’s Choice – Mr Great Heart, Peter Howson, 1997

I think this compelling painting is one of the absolute highlights of the Ferens collection of modern and contemporary art. …

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Curator’s Choice – Thomas Clarkson by Alfred Edward Chalon
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Curator’s Choice – Thomas Clarkson by Alfred Edward Chalon

This painting of Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846) by Alfred Edward Chalon shows Clarkson dressed as a gentleman in his study looking …

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Curator’s Choice – Georgie by Arthur Gaskin, 1898
Hull

Curator’s Choice – Georgie by Arthur Gaskin, 1898

This tiny jewel-like portrait records the head and shoulders of a young woman in profile, tightly framed, with head slightly …

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Folklore at North Lincolnshire Museums
North Lincolnshire

Folklore at North Lincolnshire Museums

North Lincolnshire Museums collection features a wide range of fascinating folklore related material. As well as the justly famous Rudkin …

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Curator’s Choice – Queen Anne
Hull

Curator’s Choice – Queen Anne

This painting shows Queen Anne, it currently hangs in the Guildhall. She can be seen seated in full regalia, including …

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Guest Blog – Frederic, Lord Leighton
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Guest Blog – Frederic, Lord Leighton

Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896) was president of the Royal Academy by 1878 and his works were extremely popular during his …

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Guest Blog – Elsa Gidlow, a Poet Born in Hull
Hull

Guest Blog – Elsa Gidlow, a Poet Born in Hull

Elsa Gidlow is not the most famous LGBTQ+ figure, but she was revolutionary in her time. As a lesbian living …

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Curator’s Choice – Flag
Hull

Curator’s Choice – Flag

This nylon flag, in the shape of two joined pennants is an Ellerman’s Wilson Line table flag. The top part …

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Curator’s Choice – Newspaper
Hull

Curator’s Choice – Newspaper

These two images from a newspaper show when King George VI visited Hull in 1941. The first image shows Paragon …

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Curator’s Choice – David Bowie Bodice
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Curator’s Choice – David Bowie Bodice

This bodice, also known as a boob tube, was created by a dedicated David Bowie fan who stitched every sequin …

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Curator’s Choice – The Student by Nina Hamnett
Hull

Curator’s Choice – The Student by Nina Hamnett

Nina Hamnett was an artist nicknamed the ‘Queen of Bohemia’. She was uninhibited by convention, a talented painter, designer and …

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Four Scottish Women in Hull
Hull

Four Scottish Women in Hull

Over the years, Ferens Art Gallery has established a noteworthy holding of modern Scottish art. We look at works by …

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Video: Nishapur City
Hull

Video: Nishapur City

Tell Us What You Think We’d love to know what you thought about our From the Stores blogs. Your responses …

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Video: Nishapur Pottery
Hull

Video: Nishapur Pottery

Tell Us What You Think We’d love to know what you thought about our From the Stores blogs. Your responses …

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Exploring Islamic Art: Pottery from Nishapur
Hull

Exploring Islamic Art: Pottery from Nishapur

At Hull and East Riding Museum we have thirty pottery objects within our Islamic Art collection. They are from a …

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Exploring Islamic Art: Nishapur
Hull

Exploring Islamic Art: Nishapur

At Hull and East Riding Museum we have thirty pottery objects within our Islamic Art collection. They are from a …

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Heritage Manager’s Top Ten PAS Finds
North Lincolnshire

Heritage Manager’s Top Ten PAS Finds

This week the 1.5 millionth archaeological discovery made by the public has been recorded on the national Portable Antiquities Scheme …

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20th Century Architecture: Scunthorpe Pre-fabs
North Lincolnshire

20th Century Architecture: Scunthorpe Pre-fabs

Rebecca Lucas, Collections Officer has been researching the 20th Century architecture of North Lincolnshire. She’s been using the museum’s resources …

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A Home and a Husband
North Lincolnshire

A Home and a Husband

A Home and a Husband is one of three projects Tracy is working on during her virtual artist residency at …

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Curator’s Choice – Jet necklace from Middleton-on-the-Wolds
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Curator’s Choice – Jet necklace from Middleton-on-the-Wolds

This jet necklace was made in the Bronze Age, around four thousand years ago and was buried with a person …

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Curator’s Choice – My Wife, My Bairns and My Wee Dog, John, by John Byam Shaw (1872-1919), 1903
Hull

Curator’s Choice – My Wife, My Bairns and My Wee Dog, John, by John Byam Shaw (1872-1919), 1903

This group portrait in pastel by John Byam Shaw celebrates bourgeois family life at the turn of the 20th century. …

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Curator’s Choice – Medicine Chest from the Hull Whaling Ship ‘Diana’
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Curator’s Choice – Medicine Chest from the Hull Whaling Ship ‘Diana’

“We have a good medicine chest on board, which I believe to be the case with a majority of whale …

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Curator’s Choice – The Rye Marshes by Paul Nash
Hull

Curator’s Choice – The Rye Marshes by Paul Nash

The first work I have selected from the Ferens collection is The Rye Marshes, 1932, by Paul Nash (1889-1946). This …

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Video – Dr Mary Murdoch – Hull’s first female doctor
Hull

Video – Dr Mary Murdoch – Hull’s first female doctor

Documentation Assistant Lauren gives a short insight into Hull’s first female doctor and founder of the Hull Women’s Suffrage Society, …

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Curator’s Choice – Jacob Epstein, ‘Isabel’, 1933, bronze
Hull

Curator’s Choice – Jacob Epstein, ‘Isabel’, 1933, bronze

The work I’ve chosen as my first object is from the Ferens sculpture collection. It’s a striking half-length nude in …

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VIDEO: Exploring Islamic Art – helmets
Hull

VIDEO: Exploring Islamic Art – helmets

Explore Hull Museums’ Islamic Art collection with Alice (Research and Documentation Assistant for Archaeology). This video focuses on two Persian …

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Curator’s Choice – Leyland Bus
Hull

Curator’s Choice – Leyland Bus

As the Collections Curator for the museums service, working cross-service, dealing with collections care and documentation for thousands of historic …