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Our First Donation!

Today we had a visit from Dr. James Lattin of The Museum of Imaginative Knowledge. He brought a gift with him, which he donated to The Small Museum. It’s another┬áMuseum in a Box, and it’s fantastic.

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You’ll notice that the original piece of toast found in the bath at Judley Hall has been removed for conservation and research.

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Thank you, James!

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Day 8: Conversation and Gesture

It’s been a day of fantastic visitors and conversations. We opened a bit late, and after the archiving and renewal, it took us a while to choose our object of focus. We ended up settling on Tara, and drawing on a theme Harriet found about her lovely hand gestures. We’re still making the display. We also just brought in a cheeky bottle of prosecco to keep us and our guests going.










I blame Friday. And prosecco. But actually, the conversations we’re having here are illuminating and extremely useful, so we’re OK with having a slow day on the brown paper.

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Day 6: Highlight Reel

We started by hanging Day 5, our RFID & Rosetta Stone craziness. We added a bunch of photos and wires and stuff to the hanging to try to give more of a sense of how it worked. (Day 5 is on the far left, Day 1 on the far right.)

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It’s #museumweek this week too, and while we’re not directly participating (which is possibly an error), we were thinking we could align to today’s theme of architecture, so drew the House Post and Goddess Hathor out of the collection. After some research and thinking about potential storylines, we decided to continue the theme about how these objects came to be at the British Museum. Goddess Hathor was acquired in 1835 from Thebes, and brought to London.

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We settled on the character of Henry Salt, who sold a great number of Egyptian antiquities to the Museum in the early part of the 19th Century, including this Hathor figure. He was also British Consul-General to Egypt. Harriet will follow up with a few of the facts we uncovered about him.

Henry Salt sold 1,659 things to the British Museum.

During our afternoon research, I discovered this fabulous book called The General Contents of the British Museum, published in 1762. It’s a rollicking blow-by-blow narrative walkthrough of the collection at that time.

We gathered about 115 images of objects that the British Museum purchased from Henry Salt, that’s less than 10% of the total, and arranged them on today’s museum.

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As we finish up for the day, I note our handy visitor tally too, and that two of our guests today have chosen the Colossal Foot for our work tomorrow.

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