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Object Highlight #30 – Volunteer Choice

This week our Object Highlight was chosen by our Volunteer Moira

1. Henry De Bohun statue

I have chosen the statue because it is a Victorian romantic imagining of what Henry De Bohun might have looked like, a noble knight as in the hymn ‘When a knight won his spurs in the stories of old, he was gentle and brave, he was valiant and bold, with a shield on his arm and a sword in his hand, for God and for valour he rode through the land’. But we don’t know what he looked like in real life and know only a little of his character.

a life size black statue of henry de bohun with the arms crossed and a stern look on his face wearing chain mail helmet and a tabbard

2. Soup Kitchen plaque

This stone plaque commemorating the founding of a soup kitchen in Trowbridge is relevant today.

image showing the stone slab commemorating the opening of the soup kitchen

3. Victorian toy horse and carriage

I have chosen this intricate and delicate model of a horse and carriage as it must have been the much loved toy of a lucky little boy. He must have been from a wealthy family as I’m sure it must have been expensive. I think it’s the equivalent of a modern toy racing car and can imagine him galloping it around his nursery, not allowing his sister to play with it, and being the envy of his friends.

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4. 1920s beaded flapper dress

What a beautiful dress from the glamorous decade of the roaring twenties, one hundred years old now. I like the purple geometric pattern, quite Art Deco, and the Japanese influence of the birds and flowers. It must have taken hours to be made and decorated.

Image of a purple flapper dress with an intricate bead pattern including flowers cranes and flamingoes

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