Object of the Week: Helsfell Wolf

This week, our Curator of Collections, Carol Davies, talks about “Helsfell Wolf”. Kendal Museum’s Helsfell wolf skeleton was excavated in 1880 by John Beecham a local archaeology enthusiast who lived in Kendal. Beecham wanted the specimens he discovered to be placed in the care of Kendal Museum. The skeleton has been

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Object of the Week: Georgian Fans

This week our curator, Morag Clement, talks about “Georgian Fans”. Fans were a most desirable fashion accessory in Georgian times and depending on your wealth and status were made with ornate and indulgent materials such as tortoise shell, mother of pearl, gold and even ivory. Many fans would also have

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Object of the Week: Silver Short Cross Pennies

This week our curator, Morag Clement, talks about “Thirty Four Silver Short Cross Pennies”. The coins were found near Carnforth in 2008 by a local metal detectorist. After examination at the British Museum, they were declared Treasure Trove and Kendal Museum was given the option to purchase them. A value

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Object of the Week: King Penguin

This week our Curator of Collections, Carol Davies, talks about Kendal Museum’s King Penguin and its donator, Dr Parker. Our King Penguin specimen was part of the original natural history collection at Kendal Museum, and was donated by Dr William Rushton Parker (1853–1943). Dr William Rushton Parker; Kendal’s Great Benefactor

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Object of the Week: Sabre Toothed Tiger

This week our Curator of Collections, Carol Davies, talks about Kendal Museum’s Sabre Toothed Tiger! This specimen is a Victorian cast of a sabre toothed tiger found in Brazil as a cave deposit. Even as a plaster cast is it very valuable as a museum specimen, coming from the Victorian age

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Object of the Week: Snuff

This week our curator, Morag Clement, talks about ‘Snuff’. Snuff is essentially dried tobacco leaves ground into powder which is sniffed into nostrils as an alternative to smoking tobacco. A pinch of snuff is placed on the back of the hand and sniffed, the word “sniff” imitating the sound of

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Object of the Week: The Bell Mare Painting

This week our curator, Morag Clement, talks about ‘Bell Mare Painting’. The Belle Mare painting dates from 1757 and is oil on canvas.  The initial R.T are thought to refer to Robert Tebay who was a packhorse carrier at this time in the Kendal area.  The painting was on display

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Object of the Week for: Remembrance Sunday

This week our Curator, Morag Clement, tells the story of David Patrickson: Framed Death Commemoration Scroll, medals and photo of Private David Patrickson of the 8th Batallion, Border Regiment. The medals are the 1914 Star or 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. (These medals were affectionately known as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred)   David was a farm

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Object of the Week for: International Coffee Day!

This week our Curator, Morag Clement, talks about “German Coffee Pot“. This claw-footed porcelain coffee pot from Ludwigsburg in Germany is part of our ceramics collection and is dated to 1775. The Ludwigsburg Porcelain Manufactory was founded in 1758 and operated from the grounds of the Ludwigsburg Palace. It closed

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Object of the Week: First Prize Medals For Cricket

This week our Curator, Morag Clement, talks about “Two First Prize Medals“. Two medals awarded as first prize for throwing a cricket ball at the Kendal Gala in 1871 and 1872. The Gala Cricket Club was established on Thursday the 2nd of June, 1853 following a petition forwarded to the

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