For this weeks object highlight we go back to asking our volunteers for their five favourite objects from our collection. Susie, one of our front of house volunteers has chosen these five as her highlight objects:
Henry de Bohun Marquette
Manga Carta was such an important document forming the backbone of both British and American law. How amazing that one knight who put his seal on this was from Trowbridge.
The Fulling Stock.
Whenever l look at this huge wooden hammer l am aware that this was the first piece of technology connected to the woollen industry. One water powered fulling mill is mentioned in the doomsday book at a time when all other processes, carding, spinning weaving and finishing the wool were hand operated.
The Two Flapper Dresses.
Because they are just fabulous.
The Portrait of the Unknown Lady.
A lovely picture of a beautiful young lady with a thoughtful expression. I would mind hanging this in my house.
The WW1 exhibit.
In memory of my father whom l remember when l look at this exhibit. He was born on November 4th 1899. Sadly he had a very unhappy youth and ran away from home in the Summer of 1916 then enlisted in the army having lied about his age, yes he was 15. He was 18 years and 7 days old when the war ended. He never talked about his experiences and he went on to be a fire watcher in London throughout WW2 which he also never spoke about.