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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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. 

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