New rare objects for Leece Museum

STEP BACK IN TIME: Roy Baker with some of the new artefacts that will now be going on show. PHOTO: Mike Wade (MW120105-45).

STEP BACK IN TIME: Roy Baker with some of the new artefacts that will now be going on show. PHOTO: Mike Wade (MW120105-45).

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THE Leece Museum in Peel has gained a number of new objects kindly donated in 2011.

Some of the items include a model of a lugger type fishing boat donated by Ean Wood’s partner, Myra and that it is thought to have been made at Graves’ ship yard.

It needed repairs but the model of the vessel Chellan is now back to its former glory.

A pair of old children’s shoes were also donated. They were found in the roof space of the Old Bonded Warehouse by Steven Moore. Known as concealment shoes they were hidden in places such as a roof, chimney or other cavities. It is believed that they would ward off evil or were placed there as fertility symbols.

Also donated were new publications from the Clothworkers Company in London and clay pipes. Museum curator Roy Baker said: ‘I don’t have, in the sense of the word, a favourite object on display as I like every item just as much as the next, no matter how big or small as all our displays have their own tale to tell in the history of Peel. But if pushed I would say I have a soft spot for our Knockaloe display.’

A photographic exhibition of images taken worldwide is currently taking place at museum. The exhibition is the result of hard work by members from the Southern Photographic Society and runs for the month. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

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