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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There is a simple yet sad tale of how The Beaney came to acquire a rook dressed quite curiously in a red coat. The intriguing story is from the early 1900s when a group of boys, looking for a bit of fun, captured a rook and dressed it quite playfully in a red coat. Unfortunately, when the rook eventually returned to its flock, still clad in its fetching red coat, it was rejected by its flock...

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