Found isolated and alone in the Kentish soil, and now residing in The Beaney is a creature so legendary it has been part of folklore since early antiquity. Made from gold and reduced to miniature, the creature’s small size does nothing to diminish its marvel. In Old English (or Anglo Saxon, from whence this object […]

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On display is one woman’s lifetime collection of dolls and dolls house furniture from the early 20th century, selected and arranged by artist and puppeteer Estelle Rosenfeld. Miss G H Veraguth (1880-1974) grew her collection both at home in England and during travels with her mother in Europe...

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Known as the Venus Flower Basket, this artefact is actually the skeleton of a deep ocean sponge. It is made of silica, or glass, by the soft-bodied creature living inside. In traditional Asian cultures it was given as a wedding gift (in its dead, dry state) because the sponge symbiotically houses two small shrimps...

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This portrait is a copy by an unknown artist of Portrait of a Young Man by the famed Renaissance artist Raphael (1483 –1520). Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period. The subject is thought to be a self-portrait...

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