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A brass lamp with a circular base. It has a long shaft, a circular support, and a screw thread at the top. The lamp is hollow down to the base and has a circular brass wire shade.

Miniature Wooden Cabinet and 'China'

Miniature wooden cabinet with glass fronted doors, and sides, containing a tiny wooden dinner service. Mid 19th century 288mm x 343mm x 117mm deep


This dressing table mirror belonged to the author George Eliot and it is thought to have been carved by her father, Mr. Robert Evans, from an Arbury oak. He was the Land Agent for the Arbury Estate. George ...

Model Chair

This model arm chair is from Bechuanaland, in what is now called Botswana. It is made from carved wood.

Model Chair

This small model chair was originally thought to be from Haussaland, but it is more probably from Ghana. It is said to be a miniature in metal of a chief's carved wooden stool or throne.

Painted settle with squab seat and cushions

This settle is made of beechwood, painted to simulate bamboo. It has a spindle galleried back and sides, shaped arm supports, a caned seat and square legs. On it there is a patchwork squab seat and three ...

Panel From a Small Chest

Panel from a small chest, from the Renaissance period. It is a square panel split into two halves, with a flower at the centre. There is a keyhole to the right and four large carved leaves which point ...

Piano - keyboard

This piano belonged to local author George Eliot, who was given it by her partner George Henry Lewes. It was made by John Broadwood and Sons, London. George Eliot (born Mary Ann Evans) was a local ...

Pole Screen

A Georgian pole screen. It is shield shaped with a wooden surround and a glass pane over a needlework design. The screen depicts a woman and child. There are two brass fixings for a pole at the back.

Pole Screen Stand

A wooden stand for a pole screen. It has a long shaft and three wooden feet. It also has an acorn finial.


An Alba radiogramme which dates to c.1950-1959.

Red-painted box

This pine box has a cleated plank lid and fitted inner compartment. It has a plain front and sides, and rests on bracket feet (partly renewed). It dates from the early 18th century. Height 620mm (with ...

Red-painted footstool

This footstool is made of pine and birch. It has a pierced rectangular top and block feet. It is possibly Scandinavian and dates from the 19th century. Height 120mm, Length 323mm, Depth 145mm

Richard Day, A Booke of Christian prayers..., 1581 - Life and death, p.122v.

Death in everyday life in Shakespeare's time. Life and death went hand-in-hand everywhere in Shakespeare’s England, where medical knowledge was very limited, and most illness depended on traditional ...

Richard Day, A Booke of Christian prayers..., 1581 - Prayers for our enemies, p.54r.

Life-style advice for Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Many of Day’s marginal woodcuts included scripture quotations and advice on lifestyle, such as ministering to the sick. Full title: ...

Richard Day, A Booke of Christian prayers..., 1581 - Shelter strangers woodcut, p.53r, detail.

Christian charity offering shelter, in Shakespeare's time. Strangers traveling in the countryside were often made welcome, as Autolycus, Polixenes and Camillo find at the feast in the play of The Winter’s ...

Richard Day, A Booke of Christian prayers..., 1581 - Tending the sick woodcut, p.74v, detail.

A family death-bed: a scene familiar to Shakespeare. A generation before William Shakespeare's birth, England was a Roman Catholic country changed by the actions of Henry VIII who declared himself ...

Side table - detail

This blue-painted side table has a plank top and two frieze drawers flanking a central cupboard door. They sit on square tapering legs joined by chamfered stretchers. Although the table is painted blue, ...