Three tapestries – Hever Castle

This episode of Past Matters is for fans of the Tudors, Anne Boleyn and anyone who has ever wanted to learn more about tapestries, royal signifiers of power and historical fashion. Or those who enjoy looking for the comic scenes hidden in art.ย 

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A regency fan – The Holburne Museum

This episode takes us to the Holburne Museum in Bath, which runs an excellent programme called Pathways to Wellbeing whereby they offer art classes focusing on the objects in the museum to people with mental health issues referred by the local NHS trust.ย 

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Three gorillas – Ipswich Museum

It’s not all about the mammoth! Visitors to Ipswich Museum should also take note of three frightening looking taxidermied gorillas in the corner of the Victorian Natural History Gallery there.

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Regency dairy – Weald & Downland Living Museum

Nestled among the reconstructed low-status farm buildings in Weald & Downland Living Museum is an almost fairytale-like structure. It wasn’t the home of fairytale heroine though – it’s actually an ornamental dairy from Regency England. Although, there are marks within it to ward off witches and evil spirits…

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Self-portrait of Emma Brownlow – The Foundling Museum

It would be very easy to walk by the small, understated self-portrait of Emma Brownlow at the Foundling Museum in London, but it would be a travesty to not pay more attention to someone whose works provide such an interesting insight into life at the UK’s first ever children’s charity – the Foundling Hospital.

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