Our Object this week is a Christmas scene painted by Christopher Hall, of which we have a copy in the Museum. The picture is reminiscent of Bruegel with the figures in the snowscape. It comes with our best wishes to you all for a happy Christmas and New Year. We close after our session on Wednesday 19 December, and reopen on Monday 7 January 2019.
Our latest Object of the Week, recently donated, is a facility for the bedridden. The slipper bed pan contains instructions as to how it should be used. We shall leave the rest to your imagination!
Our Object of the Week is unusual, in that we’ve just won it! We gained the award because we took part in a film competition called ‘Myths and Legends of the Dee Valley’, and got a ‘highly commended’ for our film on ‘The Cefn Mawr Prize Fight’. Pictured here is the trophy (now nicknamed ‘Oscar’!) and our worthy film-star, Cyril Thelwell, who gave a great performance telling the story on the Aqueduct.
Our Object this week is a raffle ticket — but not a modern one, as it’s dated 26 December 1880! The original is reproduced in the lower part of the picture, while a contemporary copy makes clear the contents of the ticket. Clearly the main prizes in those days would have been food! The tickets cost 6d each, a not inconsiderable sum in 1880, with a whole book of 12 tickets costing 5/6d, which meant that one ticket came free! The raffle was held at the Holly Bush Inn, Cefn Mawr.
Our Object this week is a souvenir booklet from the Jubilee celebrations in 1927 (postponed from 1926) at Rhosymedre Methodist Church. It also includes adverts from local firms such as W H Morris.
Our Object this week is a photo of the Cefn Mawr Operatic Society, at a time when it regularly performed works by Gilbert and Sullivan in the George Edwards Hall. This is the whole-cast line-is of ‘HMS Pinafore’.
Our Object of the Week fits with the theme of Remembrance as we approach the centenary of the end of World War 1. It is a military helmet from that period, of the kind worn by millions of soldiers at the Front. It is part of the Museum’s special centenary exhibition.
Our Objects this week are a selection of sports trophies from individuals and groups in the area.
Our Object of the Week is a recently donated drawing office cabinet, which will soon be holding some of our more fragile documents and papers.
Our Object of the Week is a recently donated volume from 1876, entitled ‘Sunday at Home’, intended as suitable reading for the Sabbath! It’s a bound volume of a series of magazines that can be found in our Churches and Chapels section.