Leicestershire's Top Ten Museum Objects
A silver boar badge dropped in the mud over 500 years ago by one of King Richard III’s own knights and the iconic British toy Action Man – designed and produced in Coalville, have been voted as joint winners of Leicestershire’s favourite museum objects!
The winning objects as voted by members of the public can be seen at Leicestershire County Council’s Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre and Snibston Discovery Museum. They were chosen by public vote from the top 100 items in Leicestershire Revealed, which showcases the county’s finest museum objects.
The top 10 most popular objects which include items representing Leicestershire’s social history, archaeology, industry and natural history, can be found in eight different museums across the county including community museums run entirely by volunteers.
Joint 1st Place
This butterfly is a"Queen of Spain Fritallary". It was collected by Mr Arthur James Ponchaud.
According to the label, he collected it during August 1917 at Viller Faucon in the region of Picardy on the Somme (during the Battle of the Somme in WWI)
Viewable by appointment at the Collection Resource Centre
This glass urn is one of a group of Roman objects found during limestone quarrying in the mid 1800's near Barrow upon Soar.
The urn contains the remains of cremated bone and evidently buried as 'grave goods'.
On display at Charnwood Museum
This boat was used on the local canals to break ice in winter. It is made of riveted iron and was referred to as ‘a modern lightweight ice breaker.’
Built in the late 1800's, it would be pulled along the canal by up to 20 horses, whilst a crew of up to 10 rocked the boat.
On display outdoors at the Foxton Canal Museum
Dating from around 1740, the stocking-frame was built to knit men's hose (stockings).
The frame was used in the domestic and workshop phase of the hosiery industry in Hinckley and is believed to be the oldest surviving working machine.
On display at the Hinckley & District Museum
The chest was made from iron bands in Germany in the 16th or 17th century.
The Appleby chest has an intricate and complicated locking mechanism using three keys.
Viewable by appointment at the Sir John Moore Heritage Centre
This rare oil lamp provided a good forward light and small windows in the sides provided illumination for the workers.
It is also a rare survivor of waterway art. It is still in full working order.
On display at the Foxton Canal Museum
A wonderful garnet set in pure gold with a patterned surface below it to scatter the light.
The unusual shaped stone and setting is a rare object, dating from the early 7th Century. It would have been worn by a female of high status.
On display at Charnwood Museum
This Roman silver denarius coin was one of 5294 British Iron Age and Roman coins excavated at a Late Iron Age shrine near Hallaton, Leicestershire.
It has been dated to c. 211 BC, making it possibly the oldest Roman coin ever found in Britain.
On display at Harborough Museum
Page Last Updated: 13 May 2013