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Curator’s Choice – Anya Gallaccio
Hull

Curator’s Choice – Anya Gallaccio

This International Lesbian Day we’re exploring the work of Anya Gallaccio. Artist Anya Gallaccio uses a variety of diverse materials …

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Curator’s Choice – Gwen John
Hull

Curator’s Choice – Gwen John

This Bisexual Awareness Week we’re exploring the life and art of Gwen John. The Seated Woman by Gwen John is …

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Smells and Secrets from a Museum Store
Hull

Smells and Secrets from a Museum Store

Opening a box from the museum store I was immediately struck by a strong perfumery scent that took me back …

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North Lincolnshire on the Home Front: Burton upon Stather
North Lincolnshire

North Lincolnshire on the Home Front: Burton upon Stather

Welcome to part five of ‘North Lincolnshire on the Home Front in World War Two’ focussing on Barton upon Humber. …

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North Lincolnshire on the Home Front: Barton upon Humber
North Lincolnshire

North Lincolnshire on the Home Front: Barton upon Humber

Welcome to part four of ‘North Lincolnshire on the Home Front in World War Two’ focussing on Barton upon Humber. …

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North Lincolnshire on the Home Front: Brigg
North Lincolnshire

North Lincolnshire on the Home Front: Brigg

Welcome to part three of ‘North Lincolnshire on the Home Front in World War Two’ focussing on Brigg. This blog …

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North Lincolnshire on the Home Front: Scunthorpe
North Lincolnshire

North Lincolnshire on the Home Front: Scunthorpe

Welcome to part two of ‘North Lincolnshire on the Home Front in World War Two’ focussing on Scunthorpe. This blog …

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North Lincolnshire Home Guard
North Lincolnshire

North Lincolnshire Home Guard

Welcome to part one of ‘North Lincolnshire on the Home Front in World War Two’ focussing on the Home Guard. …

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Life during World War Two
North Lincolnshire

Life during World War Two

Enlistment: In the wake of the declaration of World War Two, the National Service (Armed Forces) Act 1939 conscripted all …

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Curator’s Choice – Beni Hasan Boat
Hull

Curator’s Choice – Beni Hasan Boat

This Ancient Egyptian model boat is nearly 4000 years old and comes from an 11th Dynasty Middle Kingdom shaft tomb …

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Curator’s Choice – The Swan Ship Model
Hull

Curator’s Choice – The Swan Ship Model

This exquisite wooden model from the Hull Maritime Museum collections is of the Hull whaling vessel the Swan. It is …

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Monet in Mind – Philip Wilson Steer’s Boulogne Sands
Hull

Monet in Mind – Philip Wilson Steer’s Boulogne Sands

Philip Wilson STEER b. 1860 – d.1942 Boulogne Sands (Children Shrimping) 1891 Oil on Canvas Boulogne Sands is exhibited in …

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Monet in Mind – Emily Beatrice Bland
Hull

Monet in Mind – Emily Beatrice Bland

Emily Beatrice BLAND b.1864 – d.1951 The Almond Tree 1920s Oil on board The Almond Tree is exhibited in the …

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Monet in Mind – Townley Benson
Hull

Monet in Mind – Townley Benson

Townley BENSON b.1848 – d.1907 A Mexican Mountain Scene 1900 A Mexican Village 1890s Oil on panel Hung as a …

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Monet in Mind – Matthew Arnold Bracy Smith
Hull

Monet in Mind – Matthew Arnold Bracy Smith

Sir Matthew Arnold Bracy SMITH b.1879 – d.1959 Environs d’Antibes, France 1934-1938 Oil on Canvas Sir Matthew Arnold Bracy Smith …

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Monet in Mind – Richard Long
Hull

Monet in Mind – Richard Long

Sir Richard Julian LONG b.1945 Waterlines Paper and Ink Sir Richard Julian Long is best known for his land art. …

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Monet in Mind – Vincent Galloway
Hull

Monet in Mind – Vincent Galloway

Vincent GALLOWAY b. 1894 – 1977 Outdoor Sketch with Haystacks 1921-1925 Oil on plywood panel Vincent Galloway was a young …

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Curator’s Choice – Dockers’ Tools
Hull

Curator’s Choice – Dockers’ Tools

The docking industry underwent significant change in the second half of the 20th century as mechanisation, containerisation and reorganisation transformed …

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Curator’s Choice – Fowler’s Engravings
North Lincolnshire

Curator’s Choice – Fowler’s Engravings

William Fowler was a joiner and architect, who lived during the Georgian period. He was born in 1761 and died …

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Curator’s Choice – Bill’s Letters
North Lincolnshire
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Monet in Mind – Roger Hilton
Hull

Monet in Mind – Roger Hilton

Jess from the Future Ferens gives an insight into Dark Form on Yellow by Roger Hilton. Please click here for …

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Curator’s Choice – The Flintlock Flint
North Lincolnshire

Curator’s Choice – The Flintlock Flint

This little object is a gunflint. They were an important part of an early type of gun known as a …

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Curator’s Choice: Madame Clapham Ball Gown
Hull

Curator’s Choice: Madame Clapham Ball Gown

Emily Maria McVitie was born in Cheltenham in 1856. She left school at an early age to become a nurse, …

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Collectable Cards
East Riding

Collectable Cards

Collectable cards have their origin in ‘trade cards’. As far back as the mid-17th century businesses started to hand out …

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Monet in Mind – Walter Richard Sickert
Hull

Monet in Mind – Walter Richard Sickert

Walter Richard SICKERT b.1860 – d.1942 Hotel Royal, Dieppe, France c.1899 Oil on Canvas Walter Richard Sickert was an extremely …

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Monet in Mind – Derwent Lees
Hull

Monet in Mind – Derwent Lees

Derwent LEES b.1884 – d.1931 The Blue Pool 1911 Oil on panel The Blue Pool is featured in our Monet …

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Monet in Mind – Beatrice Bright
Hull

Monet in Mind – Beatrice Bright

Beatrice BRIGHT b.1861 London – d.1940 Evening Glory after 1918 Oil on canvas Beatrice Bright is a little-known artist who …

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Monet in Mind – John Brown’s The Pier
Hull

Monet in Mind – John Brown’s The Pier

John Alfred Arnesby BROWN b.1866 – d.1955 The Pier 1905 Oil on Canvas John Alfred Arnesby Brown was a leading …

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Monet in Mind – Donald Hamilton Fraser
Hull

Monet in Mind – Donald Hamilton Fraser

Donald Hamilton FRASER b.1929 – d.2009 Blue Seascape 1957 Oil on canvas Throughout his career Donald Hamilton Fraser predominantly focused …

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Monet in Mind – John Loker
Hull

Monet in Mind – John Loker

John LOKER b.1938 Vertical Extracts 2 1979 Oil and acrylic on canvas John Loker developed abstraction over four decades. In …

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Monet in Mind – Daniel Sherrin
Hull

Monet in Mind – Daniel Sherrin

Daniel SHERRIN b.1869 – d.1940 Nature at Rest 1890-1940 Oil on Canvas Daniel Sherrin lived for a while on the …

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Monet in Mind – Roger Lanyon
Hull

Monet in Mind – Roger Lanyon

Peter LANYON b.1918 – d.1964 Dry Grass 1959 Oil on canvas Peter Lanyon’s preferred subject matter was nature and the …

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Monet in Mind – Henry Dawson Senior
Hull

Monet in Mind – Henry Dawson Senior

Henry DAWSON Senior b.1811 – d.1878 Wild Sunset 1875 Oil on Canvas Henry Dawson began painting in 1835 at age …

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Monet in Mind – William Kiddier
Hull

Monet in Mind – William Kiddier

William KIDDIER b.1859 – d.1934 The Wood c.1931 Oil on canvas Landscape painter William Kiddier is said to have completed …

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Monet in Mind – Mary C. Wilson
Hull

Monet in Mind – Mary C. Wilson

Mary C. WILSON Still Life with Roses c.1945 Oil on canvas A little known artist, Mary C. Wilson captured everyday …

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Monet in Mind – George Clausen
Hull

Monet in Mind – George Clausen

George CLAUSEN b.1852 – d.1944 Sunrise in September 1924 Oil on Canvas George Clausen was one of the foremost modern …

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Monet in Mind – Moffat Peter Lindner
Hull

Monet in Mind – Moffat Peter Lindner

Moffat Peter LINDNER b.1852 Birmingham – d.1949 The Flowing Tide c.1910 Oil on Canvas Moffat Peter Lindner painted mainly maritime …

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Monet in Mind – Albert Julius Olsson
Hull

Monet in Mind – Albert Julius Olsson

Albert Julius OLSSON b.1864 – d.1942 Moonlight, Cornish Coast c.1906 Oil on Canvas Albert Julius Olsson was a maritime artist …

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Monet in Mind – Claude Monet’s Antibes
Hull

Monet in Mind – Claude Monet’s Antibes

Claude Monet in the Mediterranean Claude Monet is arguably the most recognisable of the French Impressionists. His gestural painterly style …

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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 …