“Elizabeth” is now on display in the main gallery
This Victorian doll was donated to the museum with a small leather trunk containing clothes and accessories.
The doll was sent away for repair and was beautifully restored by Gill Richards, an award winning doll maker and restorer from Bristol.
Information included with the doll leads us to believe that it was used by a travelling salesman working for John Noble Ltd. of Manchester. John Noble was a Victorian costumier and the doll’s clothes would have been exquisite miniature samples made to scale.
The doll and the collection of clothes were owned locally, and had been passed down through the family. We have named the doll Elizabeth after the donor.
Elizabeth before her recovery
Pachisi is a game which originated in ancient India. Two to four players move the wooden pieces across the embroidered cloth board, using small cowrie shells to score , rather than dice as in our version called Ludo.
This game originally belonged to Ross Dike’s grandparents who lived and worked in India.
You can see this on display in the recent acquisitions cabinet in the reception area of the museum.
We are looking for some small cowrie shells to complete the game. If you have some that you would like to donate, please let us know.
SOME NEW OBJECTS AND SOME OLD FAVOURITES
Look out for a new cabinet near Tom the policeman, with objects associated with both law and order and also lawlessness!
A recent donation of a horse’s head collar, which has been cleaned
and conserved, now hangs near the display of agricultural objects.
By popular demand Caroline Mott’s wedding dress is back on display in the main gallery and also features in the 2016 Oxfordshire Museum’s Council brochure.
Look out for the next edition of Country Life magazine on April 20th, which features an article on our famous wall-paintings, to be found in the Tudor Room.
Over a third of the crosses have been delivered, many to the remote locations. Another third have been allocated and should be delivered this year.
IF YOU ARE GOING AWAY THIS YEAR, PLEASE ASK ABOUT CROSS DELIVERY.
There are many locations in UK and abroad still unallocated:
Abroad: Egypt, Germany, Libya, Luxembourg, Pakistan, Salonica, Tunisia and Turkey.
UK: Cambridgeshire, Chatham, Berkhamstead, Portsmouth and Plymouth.
Did you know that the museum holds a magnificent
collection of photographs? Copies are available for purchase.
Enquire at reception