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Designer/Maker Kate Noakes has upcycled a Pembroke tea table as part of the International Country House exhibition
North Lincolnshire

Designer/Maker Kate Noakes has upcycled a Pembroke tea table as part of the International Country House exhibition

When Normanby Hall Country Park re-opens you will have another chance to see the Arts Council England funded exhibition ‘The …

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Curator’s Choice – The Invacar
Hull

Curator’s Choice – The Invacar

Hull Museums large object stores house a variety of cars, trucks, buses and various other transport items that we are …

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Curator’s Choice – Rosa Bonheur
Hull

Curator’s Choice – Rosa Bonheur

This Lesbian Visibility Week we’re admiring the work of the iconic artist Rosa Bonheur. Bonheur was a defiant 19th century …

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Curator’s Choice – Mine Clearance Badge
Hull

Curator’s Choice – Mine Clearance Badge

Over 100 years ago, the First World War had a huge impact on Hull, its communities and its maritime economy. …

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Curator’s Choice – Bonnets and Mourning
North Lincolnshire

Curator’s Choice – Bonnets and Mourning

Bonnets 1870s or 1880s Worn by a woman in mourning. The practice of public mourning dates to the Middle Ages, …

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Curator’s Choice – William Stukeley’s ‘Itinerarium Curiosum’
North Lincolnshire

Curator’s Choice – William Stukeley’s ‘Itinerarium Curiosum’

Today I am going to share with you a book that is in the museum collection that is not usually …

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Curator’s Choice – the Plough Pebble
North Lincolnshire

Curator’s Choice – the Plough Pebble

What I really like about these objects is that although they’re quite small and uninteresting looking, but they’ve got quite …

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Curator’s Choice – Capper Pass Time Clock
Hull

Curator’s Choice – Capper Pass Time Clock

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

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Curator’s Choice – Silver Cod Trophy
Hull

Curator’s Choice – Silver Cod Trophy

The Silver Cod trophy was awarded by the British Trawlers Federation between 1954 and 1968, to the skipper and crew …

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Curator’s Choice – Magnificent Moths
North Lincolnshire

Curator’s Choice – Magnificent Moths

I picked these because I really like the moths in the collection, they’re a very interesting collection of objects, I …

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Curator’s Choice – The Boy’s Dresses
North Lincolnshire

Curator’s Choice – The Boy’s Dresses

c1821 Belonged to a little boy. Until about the late 1800s, young boys wore gowns or dresses until they were …

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Curator’s Choice – Ivon Hitchens, The Path Between Waters, 1937
Hull

Curator’s Choice – Ivon Hitchens, The Path Between Waters, 1937

Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979) is arguably one of the most popular British artists of the 20th century. He’s best known for …

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Curator’s Choice – Skipping Rope
Hull

Curator’s Choice – Skipping Rope

These two skipping ropes are held in the permanent collections here at the Hands on History Museum. They both have …

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The F.W. Lawson WWI Postcard Album
East Riding

The F.W. Lawson WWI Postcard Album

The album once belonged to Frederick William Lawson (of Driffield) and was donated to the East Riding Museums service in …

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Curator’s Choice – Early Bicycles
Hull

Curator’s Choice – Early Bicycles

The Streetlife Museum is home to 200 years of transport history, here you can enjoy all the sights, sounds and …

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One pint or Two
Hull

One pint or Two

The story of the Co-operative Society as a whole has been the subject of many books and articles and it …

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A Silver Lining?
Hull

A Silver Lining?

In the nineteenth century, following the Coinage Act of 1816, Britain adopted the gold standard. Under this system, the government …

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Are You Being Served?
Hull

Are You Being Served?

Large department stores used to be a common sight on our local high street, but with the rise of on-line …

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Guest Blog – Polar Bear Pub Sign
Hull

Guest Blog – Polar Bear Pub Sign

The Polar Bear Pub has been a key cultural hub in Hull since the late 19th century. Back in 1895, …

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Curator’s Choice – My Parents Kissing… by Nan Goldin
Hull

Curator’s Choice – My Parents Kissing… by Nan Goldin

American photographer Nan Goldin (b.1953) has used the camera to record details of her life since the 1970s. Her powerful …

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Victor Newsome
Hull

Victor Newsome

Artist Victor Newsome (1935 – 2018) was born in Leeds and studied at Leeds College of Art. In 1960, Victor …

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Guest Blog – Andrew Marvell Statuette
Hull

Guest Blog – Andrew Marvell Statuette

Though famed more widely during his lifetime for his work as a politician, Andrew Marvell is now widely regarded as …

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Guest Blog – Arthur Lucan, ‘Old Mother Riley’
Hull

Guest Blog – Arthur Lucan, ‘Old Mother Riley’

Drag, in all its forms, has been a popular source of entertainment across the centuries. When theatre first became part …

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Curator’s Choice – Iron mirror from Garton Slack
Hull

Curator’s Choice – Iron mirror from Garton Slack

This iron mirror was found in the grave of a young woman who was around 20-30 years old when she …

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Curator’s Choice – Ships Figurehead: HMS Albion
Hull

Curator’s Choice – Ships Figurehead: HMS Albion

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

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Curator’s Choice – Medieval ‘Poulaine’ shoe
Hull

Curator’s Choice – Medieval ‘Poulaine’ shoe

This extraordinary leather shoe with its long, pointed toe was excavated from a waterlogged pit on the north side of …

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Curator’s Choice – The Archer, 1966, by Eileen Agar
Hull

Curator’s Choice – The Archer, 1966, by Eileen Agar

Eileen Agar was an artist you could call a rebel, an innovator and a free spirit. Her painting, The Archer, …

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Curator’s Choice – Around by Bridget Riley
Hull

Curator’s Choice – Around by Bridget Riley

Image: Around, 1963, Bridget Riley, Emulsion on board. © Bridget Riley 2021. All rights reserved For my second object selection …

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Curator’s Choice – The Last Beverley Pipemaker by Frederick William Elwell, c.1900
Hull

Curator’s Choice – The Last Beverley Pipemaker by Frederick William Elwell, c.1900

This painting is on display in Wilberforce House Museum in the craftsmanship gallery near my office and for many years …

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Welbeck Hill Anglo-Saxon Cemetery
North Lincolnshire

Welbeck Hill Anglo-Saxon Cemetery

North Lincolnshire Museums has recently acquired the archive from an Early Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Welbeck Hill in Irby on Humber. …

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Curator’s Choice – Pilgrim Souvenir of Thomas, Earl of Lancaster
Hull

Curator’s Choice – Pilgrim Souvenir of Thomas, Earl of Lancaster

This fragile little object is part of a 14th century pilgrim souvenir. Made of pewter, it is only 4.5cm long. …

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Curator’s Choice – Pelago, Italy by Frank Brangwyn
Hull

Curator’s Choice – Pelago, Italy by Frank Brangwyn

Sir Frank Brangwyn (1867 – 1956) is a highly regarded figure of many artistic talents. His landscape painting of Pelago, …

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Curator’s Choice – Two wooden canisters
Hull

Curator’s Choice – Two wooden canisters

The Hands on History Museum was not always a museum, it was once Hull’s Old Grammar School. The room which …

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Victorian Christmas Cards
North Lincolnshire

Victorian Christmas Cards

Many of our modern British Christmas traditions have their roots in the Victorian period. One of these traditions is the …

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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
Hull

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 here in Hull. She can be seen seated in …

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Guest Blog – Frederic, Lord Leighton
Hull

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
Hull

Guest Blog – Elsa Gidlow

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
Hull

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
Hull

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’
Hull

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

Community Curator: Social History Lauren gives a short insight into Hull’s first female doctor and founder of the Hull Women’s …

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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 …