While improving the storage situation in some of the drawers in our Strong Room, Catherine, one of our Applied Arts conservators, found a number of rather lovely rosettes. She asked me to have a look at the objects as they all have NN numbers (is this a tautology, I wonder?). NN means ‘No Number’ and signifies that the original object identifier has been lost. Of course this kind of thing would not happen nowadays and mainly affects objects that came to the museum a long, long time ago. It is often possible to find the original number (I won’t go […]
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The story of London Tweed
So this is how the story goes. In 1826 a London merchant decides to buy some cloth from a weaver in Hawick, a town in the Scottish borders famous for its cloth production. Very happy with his order, he decides to get some more but – crucially – misreads the weaver’s dashed handwriting. Instead of ‘twill’ this Londoner reads ‘tweed’, and assumes this new cloth must take after the River Tweed which runs fast and clear through the textile areas of lower Scotland. ‘Tweed’ and not ’twill’ has been the term used ever since.
Sherlock Holmes trailer: You saw, but did you observe?
With only one week to go until our Sherlock Holmes exhibition opens to the public, we wanted to take a closer inspection at our trailer to reveal a few hidden clues as to what visitors might expect… you saw, but did you observe?
Christina Broom: A pioneering photographer
It is almost a year now since I first laid eyes on an extraordinary private collection of photographs by Christina Broom.