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Freemasons’ jewels – a puzzling collection

13 August 2015 by Dave M

A man in Masonic regalia

Detail of the ‘Lord Leverhulme’ painting by George Hall Neale.

Having always been a fan of puzzles I was pleasantly surprised to discover one recently amongst our Masonic collections. Whilst in the process of tidying up data and photographing the large collection of items in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, I came across a crate containing dozens of small empty jewellers’ boxes.  Read more…

18th century gentleman

23 October 2008 by Dave M

Photograph of an old man, sitting in a leather armchair.  He is wearing a dark coloured hat, dark overcoat, light coloured linen trousers and leather shoes.  There is a book on a sidetable on his right.

Watch the birdie!

I’ve always been fond of looking at old photographs. Whether it’s a building which has long since been demolished, or a person from the dim and distant past, I’ve always found it interesting to wonder what they were like.

In the Decorative Art Department, we have a large collection of photographs which we use for, amongst other things, dating our extensive costume collection. Some clothes in history were only fashionable for a short time and we can usually pin things down to a few years using the photographs.  Read more…

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