Quirky items from the council's collection go on display.
CURIOUS objects and unusual images will go on display at Grimsby’s Fishing Heritage Centre from Tuesday, July 24, in the latest exhibition of items from North East Lincolnshire Council’s museum collection.
The items have been selected by volunteers who work with the collection helping to document and preserve it. ‘The Curiosity Shop’ is the sixth exhibition from the ‘Unlocking the Collection’ series of exhibition, in which funding from the Heritage Lottery fund is enabling the council to showcase its photographic, artefacts and art collections in 15 exhibitions over four years at the Fishing Heritage Centre.
The lesser-seen objects and images in the latest display do not logically fit into the themed nature of many of the other ‘Unlocking the Collection’ exhibitions and so they have therefore been given their own opportunity to shine.
Councillor Mick Burnett, portfolio holder for culture and tourism, said: “This will be a fun and intriguing exhibition. We’ve got some quirky and unique objects that will get people scratching their heads trying to work out what’s what used for.
“Displaying the collection is important to us and the funding we’ve received from the Heritage Lottery means that we can put on these exhibitions to help paint a picture of the history of our area.”
Alf Ludlam, a volunteer for the museum service, said: "It's been a fun exhibition to put together, perhaps not so much fun moving some of the objects though! It’s great to get these items out on display and I look forward to seeing the expressions on people’s faces of puzzlement and delight."
Visitors are invited to the free exhibition to see if they can find Mr Gladstone, the Duke of Gloucester and the old balloon seller, learn a little more about the ‘Hero’, and the 13-year-old princess.
The Curiosity Shop opens on Tuesday, July 24 and will run until Sunday, October 14, 2012 in the Muriel Barker Gallery at the Fishing Heritage Centre, Alexandra Dock, Grimsby.
The centre is open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm and is closed on Mondays except bank holidays. Entry to the exhibition is free and all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
A guided tour of the exhibition is on Wednesday August 15, 2012 at 12:30pm. Alf Ludlam, museum volunteer will be happy to talk to visitors about the items on show and reveal some answers about some curious objects. No booking necessary, just come along.
For more information, call Rachel McWilliam on (01472) 323004 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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