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The Mystery of the Small Metal Spatula

The Mystery of the Small Metal Spatula

When the Abbey Museum’s Collection was in its infancy, its founder, John S M Ward, bought a number of objects of interest from S. G. Fenton. He was a known reputable dealer in archaeological and ethnographic artefacts and owned an auction house in London. Items were...

Lost and Found – The Tale of the Tiny Satsuma Vase

Lost and Found – The Tale of the Tiny Satsuma Vase

Many of you will know the Abbey Museum collection has quite an interesting history. A story that starts in England in the late 1800’s when a young English boy started to collect Roman coins and pottery taking them to the esteemed British Museum for identification....

Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot

Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot

The notorious Guy Fawkes was a member of a group of Roman Catholic revolutionaries in England in the early 17th century. In 1605, this group planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill James I of England, his family and most of the Protestant aristocracy...

Medieval Manuscripts Reveal More History

Medieval Manuscripts Reveal More History

As visitors wander through the Abbey Museum they come across the entrance to a side gallery. Dimly lit, a figure of an old monk sitting in the corner, silently scribing a biblical text, beckons the visitors in. As they near the doorway case lights flicker on to reveal...

Winchester Windows return to the Abbey

Winchester Windows return to the Abbey

For many years now, the Friends of the Abbey Museum have been busily raising funds for the conservation of two of the most significant medieval stained glass windows in the Museum collection. These were wonderful medieval stained glass windows originally...

Restoring the Glory – Stained Glass Restoration

Restoring the Glory – Stained Glass Restoration

I love stained glass windows… the colour, the details, the vibrancy of the stories are simply inspiring. The stained glass windows in the Abbey Museum collection are some of my favourite objects. That is why I was so excited to take a group of our staff and volunteers...