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Everything in a museum tells stories of lives very different but also very similar to our own. This is the first part in a story showing a bit of what those lives were like, and demonstrating how interesting any object from the past can be if you imagine being there. ----- You try to hold back a yawn – unsuccessfully. Miss Sanders turns around, throwing the empty whiteboard marker into the bin as she says, ‘Oh dear. I do hope I’m not boring you.’ The class titters. Everyone likes Miss Sanders, whether she’s peppering sentences with cringy puns in English or...
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Hi, my name is Ellie Mitchell and I’ll be writing the occasional blog post for the museum, as well as working with Sarah on a bigger project centred on local women’s history (which is hopefully coming soon). I’m a final year English Literature student at the University of Nottingham and I’m currently writing my final essay on D H Lawrence, which is what brings me to the museum and to an area so full of literary history. Some of the most interesting parts of Lawrence’s writing aren’t actually the sex scenes (contrary to popular opinion), but the incredible social realism and...
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The small village of Dale Abbey has, as the name would suggest, originally a religious settlement. There are no records to explain how this history began, and the founding of the Abbey at Dale Abbey are steeped in myth. There is only one manuscript giving a history of the foundation: the Dale Chronicle, written by ‘Thomas de Muscam’ probably in the 13th Century. The only surviving copy of this manuscript is bound into the back of a later document, a Chartulary (or register) of the Abbey from the early 14th Century, now held in the British Museum[1]. The Chronicle charts the...
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She enters through the main door, its stained glass windows reflecting the sunlight. Walking through the hallway, she's transported to the 1950's; a sweetshop appears, decorated with brightly coloured wrappers coating the larger chocolate of the past. Her eyes widen as she looks at the candy canes leaning in the tall jars and the round sweets glittering appetizingly. Before she gets even more excited, she reminds herself that they're not real. Only if they were though. Another few steps and she arrives in the Lally Gallery; there is something interactive about this art, it seems to be in 3D. The artists...
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Works by the Midlands Textile Forum will be exhibited in the museum’s Lally Gallery until April 18th. I spoke with Harriet Raine about her and the rest of the Forum’s work. Harriet originally had a career in medicine, but has always been interested in making things and in ‘making things happen’. Taught crochet by her great-grandmother, she soon moved on to bobbin lace and more complex forms of textiles. The Midlands Textile Forum, consisting of eleven artists based in the West Midlands, have been brought together by a shared interest in the potential of textiles as an art form. Harriet is...
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