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A Deadly Cargo

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In the autumn of 1635, a ship docked at the Norfolk port of Yarmouth. It probably looked little different from the many other ships which plied their trade across the southern North Sea, between the coast of Germany and the Low Countries, and the harbours of eastern England. Hidden in its hold, however, lay a…

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SGS Weathervane

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This item is not in the museum, but rather on it. When walking past the museum, many may have noticed a ship perched upon the roof. That ship is in fact a weathervane. The weathervane came from the roof of the “Old Ship” warehouse in Double Street. It is shown on a view of the…

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An ‘Instrument of Torture’

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Placed on the top of the Shell Cabinet in the Turner Gallery this small, 150 x 100, frame contains an ‘Instrument of Torture’. The caption tells us where it came from and who had ‘worn’ it on a particular date, but little else. So, who was Ethel Taylor; who were her family. I decided to…

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Armes & Memoires of ffamilies in Lincolnshire

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Maurice Johnson “Armes & Memoires of ffamilies in Lincolnshire. Collected from Authentick Records, Rolls, MSS, & other Monuments of Antiquity & Creditt, & Authors cited” This is an exceptional example of early eighteenth-century antiquarian practice.  The manuscript volume bears a bookplate dated 1735, but was probably begun by Maurice Johnson c. 1720 and continued by…

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Astronomy in the Early Minutes

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Astronomy in the Early Minutes The Society’s collection includes a three inch reflecting telescope, a photograph of which graces the front cover of this Annual Report.   It was bought in 1761, clearly for use by the Society’s members.  The instrument is marked “B Martin, Fleet Street”.  Benjamin Martin dealt in a wide variety of scientific…

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