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Featured Topics

Exploring themes and traditions that may be linked to exhibitions, collections or events in the museum.


Christmas decorations and traditions

Christmas decorations and traditions

The practice of putting up special decorations at Christmas has a long history.

21st century

21st century

21st century room featuring Snowflake, 2012, translucent cast acrylic, by Leo Scarff

1950s Christmas

1950s Christmas

This shows the living room of a young modern family in the 1950s.

Christmas in the 1930s

Christmas in the 1930s

Typical bedroom of a young lady who is wrapping her presents in 1930s Christmas paper.

Christmas in Edwardian Times

Christmas in Edwardian Times

Showing room is dominated by the Christmas tree which is decorated with tinsel.

Dutch sleigh, 1750

Dutch sleigh, 1750

The "Amsterdam" sleigh was frequently used in the city in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

Neapolitan crib figures, 1850

Neapolitan crib figures, 1850

The Neapolitan cribs had a special meaning and symbolic importance.

Christmas cards

Christmas cards

The first Christmas cards were illustrated by John Callcott Horsley in London on the 1st of May 1843.