Henry Blogg Museum calls for straw donkey

Just Regional
Feb 14, 2013 2 mins read

The RNLI Henry Blogg Museum in Cromer is searching for a straw donkey, and other special souvenirs, to feature in an exciting new exhibition.

On Saturday 23 February members of the public are invited to visit the museum bringing with them a souvenir that holds a memory. Chosen souvenirs will then have the chance to be displayed in a forthcoming exhibition. Keepsakes, Key Rings and Kiss Me Quick! : A History of Souvenirs will run from the 29 March to the 14 April 2013 at the museum.

Looking at the history of souvenirs, including items salvaged from shipwrecks and RNLI memorabilia, the exhibition will explore what makes objects special to us. People have always collected keepsakes as reminders of special events, holidays, moments in history, places or people and this will be reflected upon within the display.

The exhibition will feature items from the museum’s own collection including an emotive tile salvaged from the Sepoy. This memento commemorates Henry Blogg’s rescue of the two crew members from the barge in December 1933. Hand painted to depict the scene the tile shows a desire to remember and commemorate the event.

Also on display will be a photograph of three elegant Edwardian women riding donkeys at Lowestoft. This souvenir shows a more light-hearted recording of events. Taken exactly 100 years ago, the image was preserved in a photograph album belonging to Joyce Taylor, which was later donated to the Henry Blogg Museum by her son and also includes images of Cromer lifeboats.

The museum is hoping that visitors will bring a range of souvenirs on the 23 February ranging from Mexican sombreros to RNLI memorabilia and, of course, the elusive straw donkey. Whatever the souvenir this is a fantastic opportunity for the public to see their own objects on display and tell their stories.

Jacqui Palmer, Museum Manager said: ‘I hope that many interesting souvenirs are shown on the day, especially ones related to the RNLI, and I look forward to seeing some become part of our exciting Easter exhibition.’

Exhibitions Assistant Rebecca Fletcher said: ‘I am eager to see the mix of items that the public will bring to the museum and am particularly interested to hear the fascinating and varied stories behind them. We obviously want to find that straw donkey!’


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