19 June 2020
One of the perks in working in a museum is exploring the collection rooms. Treasures nestled together in neat grey boxes and wrapped up in tissue paper filling up high shelves and multiple drawers.
This object is one that catches the eye, can you work out what it is made from?
Well, if you haven’t guessed already, it is human hair!
The Victorians would often make beautiful decorations from past relations hair as a memorial, sometimes in the form of a bracelet, to put inside a locket, or here as, to be framed!
This piece was made by Mary Wilton in the 19th century and donated to the Museum by a relation in 2019, after being in the family for generations.
What will you discover at Aratoi?