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August | Thu 9th | 14:00

Summer lecture at Woodhorn Museum - Gail-Nina Anderson £3

A Brief History of Collecting

Time, money and a touch of obsession have encouraged the long-established practice of gathering together categorised items. This may be for reasons of scientific research or family history, but is often for the sheer pleasures offered by accumulation and display. This illustrated talk explores the history of collections, including the early ‘Cabinets of Curiosities’ that brought together weird and wonderful and mysterious items from around the world, and considers the changing face of museums today.


This lecture will take place at Woodhorn Museum, QEII Country Park, Ashington NE63 9YF












Next Lecture - Thursday 16th August 2pm: The Art of the Postcard


Despite new and more instant means of communication, the postcard remains as a physical testament to our changing taste and need to keep in touch. The ones we know best are cards showing a particular place, but a deeper look reveals the popularity of sweet sentiment, family photos, vulgar humour and stylish design, not to mention the occasional addition of glitter, fabric and even hair. This illustrated talk explores the history, design and function of postcards, and their continuing role as historic collectables.


Lectures will take place at Woodhorn Museum, QEII Country Park, Ashington NE63 9YF








Woodhorn now has a new membership scheme – you can buy an Annual Adult pass that allows 12 months access to the museum, with no parking charges*. Usually £7, if you buy this at one of these lectures, it’s just £3.50 (£3 concession). Children go FREE.


* For the free events (Northumberland Miners’ Picnic and Invasion Day) a parking charge will apply.













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