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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Roman jewellery – Colchester Castle

It can be very easy to walk by jewellery in an exhibition because these items tend to be very small. Don’t skip by this episode of Past Matters though – in it I talk to to Colchester Museums’ Senior Collections and Learning Curator Glynn Davis about some exquisite pieces of Roman jewellery that cast new light on the inhabitants of Roman Colchester, show off the skill of jewellers and gems cutters of the time, and reveal more about Roman jewellery trends.ย 

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Past Matters introduction

Museums, galleries and historic houses are treasure troves of items from the past. But how easy is it at these sites to unknowingly just walk straight past an object with an incredible story to tell?

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Picture perfect

The demand for pet portraiture keeps growing, especially in this social media age. Ploy Radford, consultant at communications agency PLMR, examines this niche in the pet market and looks at how the artists and photographers can ensure their work stands out…

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