Stories from our collections

We will be regularly updating our blog with interesting stories from the collections including guest posts from people and organisations we collaborate with.

Lockdown Archivist

It is a year now since we first went into Lockdown. Normally my two days a week at The Museum are spent mostly in an office and Archival stores in Quex House, so I am quite isolated from the rest of the Museum. But that did not save me from Lockdown! Read More

Antoinette Powell-Cotton Examining Objects at her Tent

This photo was taken on 14 September 1935. Antoinette (Tony) is on her knees in the doorway of her tent, beside her camp bed. Her journal entry for this day refers briefly to “ticketed curios” which probably means recording and numbering the objects.

Painting of Virgin Mary and Jesus

This painting of the Virgin Mary and Child was bought by Percy Powell-Cotton in the town of Gondar, Ethiopia in May 1900. The painting came from a local Coptic (Ethiopian Orthodox) church, but the style of the painting tells us it had a long journey to get there.


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