Object of the Week: Knitting Sticks

This week our Curator, Morag Clement, talks about a selection of knitting sticks – yes, sticks! – in the Kendal & Westmorland Gallery. Knitting sticks were functional, but often also decorative and sentimental objects. They were used to hold double pointed needles which were particularly useful when knitting standing up,

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A picture of wooden atlantic salmon. It is very big.

Object of the Week: Atlantic Salmon

This week our Curator of Collections, Carol Davies, talks about Kendal Museum’s Salmon! This salmon on display in the World Wildlife Gallery is carved in wood. This was a way in which Fishermen could ‘preserve’ their catch as a trophy. It is very large and was caught in Norway. Did you know

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Object of the Week: “William IV” Model Sailing Ship

This week our Curator, Morag Clement, talks about a very interesting model sailing boat on display in the Kendal & Westmorland Gallery. The model was built in the early 1800’s for the young heir of a of landed gentry family of the name Bellasis.   The identification of the latter was

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Object of the Week: Eggs for Easter

This week our Curator of Collections, Carol Davies, talks about Kendal Museum’s vast egg collections. Why not see how many you can find at the museum when we are open? Kendal Museum has lots of egg collections. These were collected in Victorian times, however egg collecting is totally banned now.

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Object of the Week: The Kentmere Viking Boat

This week our Archaeology Curator, Morag Clement, talks about our very own Viking Boat. This dugout boat was found in 1959 in the bed of Kentmere Tarn while excavating diatomaceous earth for the Cape Asbestos Company and donated to Kendal Museum by the landowner. Another boat was found four years

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Object of the Week: Brimstone Butterflies

This week our Curator of Collections, Carol Davies, talks about the wonderful yellow Brimstone butterfly. This lovely yellow butterfly is called a Brimstone and is a welcome sign of Spring. Some say that the name Butterfly comes from these butterflies as they are yellow….like butter!  Some of our butterflies hibernate as

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Object of the Week: Viking Bowl Mount

This week our Archaeology Curator, Morag Clement, talks about a beautiful piece of Viking Archaeology. This Viking bronze mount was found near Arnside.  It is only 3cm high and is dominated by a grim human face with large oval eyes, down-turned mouth and ears sticking out at brow level. When

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Object of the Week: Back to School

Curator Carol Davies writes:  “These pictures are from an old nature book, made by a school pupil nearly two hundred years ago. Can you see that he has made some leaf rubbings and he has drawn an early microscope to look at small bugs? You can make leaf rubbings just

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Object of the Week: Anglo-Saxon Drinking Horn

Our archaeology curator, Morag Clement, writes:  As Sutton Hoo and The Anglo-Saxons are in the news at the moment due to the recent release of the film ‘The Dig’, I wanted to share this amazing piece of Anglo-Saxon metalwork we have on display here at Kendal Museum.  Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes star in

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Object of the Week: Golden Eagle

“…it was collected in the Victorian times, but it is my job now to try and restore it back to a superb specimen“ Carol Davies AMA Object of the Week: A Golden Eagle!  Curator Carol Davies writes:  “I am restoring a Golden Eagle at Kendal Museum. Golden Eagles and their

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