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One of the first things I learned was how to handle objects.  Gloves were essential and they had to be powder free and in this case we used Nitrile gloves. Then we had to handle the object. Always lift the object from the base to give it as much support as possible…
hair comb
Another object from our collection. This is a decorative hair comb from a collection donated to us by Ruth Coste. It belonged to her grandmother. Ruth’s brother was Frank Wyatt, who worked at Tilgate Park. What would you write on a label for this one? Here are some suggestions from…
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Another object from our collection. It’s some household soap. Comments on our social media included: “Monday is wash day. The day the housewife did the laundry with her bar of Fairy soap.” “Mum used to shave flakes off the bar to put in the boiler with the washing.” “These blocks…
school milk bottle
Another object from our collection. It’s a school milk bottle! Do you remember  these? People on our social media did, and not everyone had happy memories. People’s comments included: “Yuk! Hated by millions” “Stomach clenching time” “on the positive side was that the older we got the less we were…
Another object from our collection. This is the first aid box that belonged to the last gate keeper at the Horsham Road crossing. What would you write on a label for this one? Crawley’s Collections Revealed – label an object!
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Here’s another object from our stores. If you were writing a label for it what would you put on it? Suggestions from our social media followers include: “It probably would say the best cider you can get here in Crawley where our orchards used to be our town.” “Take a…
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Here’s another object from our stores. If you were writing a label for it what would you put on it? Suggestions from our followers on social media included: “Your butter will taste better with this brilliant butter machine.” “Afore ye butter shop your servant slapped milk and whey about in…
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Here’s another object from our stores. If you were writing a label for it what would you put on it? It doesn’t have to be serious! Comments from our followers on social media included: “Iron. Something my Mum used to spit on before she started ironing.” “Iron, often put in…
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As part of our Crawley’s Collections Revealed project (funded by Arts Council England), we’re meant to be running face to face sessions with people, looking at objects and writing labels. Obviously we can’t do the face to face bit right now, but we can still show you objects and ask…
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In 2019 Crawley Museum was awarded a grant from Arts Council England for a new project – Crawley’s Collections Revealed.This 18 month project runs from November 2019 until April 2021.It has been doing two main things: 1 Going through our collections to identify things that are not relevant to the…

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