. . . Carolynne – documentation volunteer
I have recently been fortunate enough to volunteer at the Royal Pavilion & Museums with the Knowledge & Information team. I was tasked with archiving a timeline of past exhibitions at Hove Museum & Art Gallery into the database, giving me the opportunity to explore the fascinating temporary exhibitions that were designed and displayed there 1978 – 1992.
Two in particular stand out as interesting and innovative, most recently, “The Doctor’s Surgery” which was displayed from October to November, 1991. The exhibition illustrated the amazing advances in medical technology over the past 100 years by displaying medical equipment from the past alongside the modern equivalent. This exhibition must have been an eye opener for some people; it would have made me very grateful for the modern advances in medicine, seeing the past tools used. Some were described as “horrifying-looking” and I can believe that.
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Another exhibition which caught my attention was “Finds from Your Garden” (May-June 1986). This exhibition consisted of objects which were brought to the museum from people’s gardens to be identified. Which I am betting is still a common occurrence for museums, a sort of backyard Antiques Roadshow. The exhibition displayed common objects found in the area and then discussed their importance in our history. I thought this was a funny but brilliant idea for an exhibition, and one I would have definitely gone to.
Were your garden finds included in this exhibition? Tell us your story in the comment box below.