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Fathers’ Day is a day of honouring fathers and many of us will be sending cards and gifts to celebrate. The day itself is relatively recent, having been introduced to Britain some time after the Second World War, nevertheless there is a long tradition of honouring and showing appreciation to one’s father.
This figure is playing a friction drum – or zambomba – a traditional instrument comprising an earthenware pot with a membrane stretched over it. This is then vibrated to produce a sound using the stick which pierces the membrane. The zambomba is a traditional Spanish instrument which was often used at Christmas time to accompany […]
An introduction to the Stone Age in 10 questions. Watch or read this quick guide below. Hello, this is Joe from The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and for any of you who might be home schooling at the moment, or home learning, or just might be a little bit curious, here are 10 questions, […]
The Three Kings by David Jones. Engraving, dated 1926. The words, ‘Omnes de Saba Venient’, are taken from the prophecy of Isaiah in the Bible (Chapter 60:6). ‘All shall come from Sheba bringing gold and frankincense, and showing forth praise to the Lord.’ This print from our Fine Art collection illustrates the story of the […]
In this painting, nineteenth-century artist, John O’Connor, captures a snowy view from the National Gallery in London in 1881. For many of us, snow is synonymous with Christmas – the movies, the songs, Advent calendars and Christmas cards – although white Christmases are much less common than they used to be in the UK. White […]
“On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me. Two turtle doves…” Turtle doves are famously associated with the Christmas song ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’. The ‘turtle’ part of their name originates from the Latin (Streptopelia turtur) ‘turtur’which is connected to the sound the birds make: ‘turrturr’. They may not be […]
This is (usually) the party season and what could be more elegant than this Doulton figure titled ‘The Ermine Coat’ showing a fashionably dressed woman in her crimson evening dress and white fur coat? She was modelled by Leslie Harradine and issued by the Royal Doulton company between 1945-1967. Ermine is associated with winter as […]
Swans have long been associated with both Christmas and royalty, having been served at royal banquets for hundred of years. There’s a popular myth that the Queen owns all the swans in Britain and that only she is allowed to eat them. However, other landowners have been able to possess swans since the 15th Century, […]