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Decorative Art Assistant Curator

Flux and Things of Growing

Last week I attended an event organised by the Society of Decorative Art Curators at the Fitzwilliam, to see the new exhibition ‘Things of Growing’ as well as Matt Smith’s installation ‘Flux’. Flux: Parian Unpacked This installation by curator and... Continue Reading →


Turner and his Scaling of the Sublime: Writing in the Ice

I recently attended a talk by Nick Alfrey about J.M.W Turner and his ‘Scaling of the Sublime’, which follows on from the exhibition of the same name at Djanogly Gallery in Nottingham, on until June. Scaling the Sublime | Nottingham... Continue Reading →

Object of the Month: Pineapple Teapot

This month I have chosen the Pineapple Teapot from the Collection. It's actually one of my favourites, along with the Cauliflower Coffee Pot.   Tableware’s made by porcelain factories in London in the forms of fruit or vegetables were very... Continue Reading →

2020 Vision: Site Update

The Castle is due to close in Summer 2018, and re-open in 2020. This is now where the exciting work really begins. As the site prepares to close we are closer to the next stage of interpretation. We have had... Continue Reading →

The Nottingham Bear Jugs

This month I have chosen the Nottingham Bear Jugs to be my object of the month. These were novelties made by the Nottingham Potters, and refer to the cruel spectator sport of bear baiting. The bears were imported specially before... Continue Reading →

Victorian Mourning Jewellery

I have recently thought about showcasing some of the pieces in the Collection in a monthly blog post, just to highlight some unusual items that I’ve come across as I pack the Collection. I have recently been packing up some... Continue Reading →

Ancient Egypt in Southport?

Last weekend I visited Southport for a mini break and came across the The Atkinson which housed a have a rather lovely Egyptology Collection which once belonged to Egyptologist Anne Goodison (née Padley). Anne was a wealthy Victorian lady who... Continue Reading →

Collect 2018 and Charles I: King and Collector

Last week I travelled to London to see Collect and also the Charles I: King and Collector exhibition at the Royal Academy. It was my first time to Collect and I wasn’t really sure what to expect in terms of... Continue Reading →

The Ballantyne Collection of Studio Ceramics at Nottingham Castle

“The Ballantyne Collection is one of the most important private holdings of studio pots now in a museum” -David Whiting I have recently finished a small scale 'Spotlight' exhibition on an important collection of 20th Century Studio Ceramics at the Castle, called... Continue Reading →

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