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How Your Support Has Helped

Thank you to everyone who has helped to protect our heritage, inspire future generations and nurture curious minds. Here are a few of the ways your support makes a difference

Topsell's 'Four Footed Beasts'

This book published in 1658 is one of the most popular early printed books in our collection. Abundantly illustrated with beautiful wood cut images of real and imagined creatures, the book repeats ancient and fantastic legends about animals.

The binding of the book needed repair, the front board had become detached and the edges scuffed. New supports were sewed in to reattach the end boards more firmly. Conserving the binding of Topsell's History of Four-footed beasts has stabilised the book and made it functional again. The repair work took two months by a specialist conservator. Restoration prevents further deterioration and ensures the book can be used safely as part of exhibitions, talks and stack tours. We are grateful to our generous supporters whose donations allowed us to carry out this conservation work.

The repaired book was recently displayed at the Birthplace Shop for Museum Shop Sunday. 

More about the 'Four Footed Beasts'

Topsell unicorn
Unicorn illustration from Topsell's 'History of Four Footed Beasts' published in 1658


Turned wooden chair circa 1580-1630
Turned wood chair on display at Hall's Croft

Repair of turned wood chair from Hall’s Croft

This beautiful chair was made between 1580 and 1630, and is a rare and important surviving example of the turner’s unique art.  Conserved and repaired with a donation  from a Patron.  The conservator took the chair apart, cleaned it and applied new glue as close to the original as possible and reassembled the chair.  

The repaired chair is on display and can be seen at Hall's Croft, open daily.

More about turned wooden furniture


The Ortelius Map

This map of England published in 1603, was acquired by a generous donation , in memory of Patrick Hartrey. 

 It is the earliest detailed map of England we have in the collection. It has an interesting decorative cartouche in one corner celebrating the victory over the Spanish Armada.  


Map of England by Ortelius published 1603

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