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What on Earth is going on in Box 9?

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Here’s the latest story from our What’s in the Box display.

There is a suspicious gent and a headless lady

a man is hanging out with spirits

a ‘ghost’ is tormenting poor villagers

Death is greeting a drinking man

Hamlet is chatting with his father’s ghost

and a witch has made herself comfortable in the corner

– she better beware because lucky stones ward off spells

perhaps the black cat will protect her. But where is its body – on Hallowe’en?

Object List

  1. Suspicious Gent and Headless Lady, 2002, by Rachel Larkins
  2. Copy of ‘spirit’ photograph, c.1900, possibly taken by Mary Burkett in Brighton
  3. Creamware jug, c.1800. Inscribed: The Parson was brought in a horrible fright/To allay a mere turnip on a mopstick/Which an unlucky boy had placed in the porch/And in it alight a most terrible torch.
  4. Creamware jug, c.1790, by Thomas Fletcher. Inscribed: ‘To speed his draught grim death appears.
  5. Pot with lid, c.1860, F & R Pratt & Co; Jesse Austin
  6. Witch puppet – details unknown
  7. Three pebbles known as Witch Stones or Lucky Stones, with natural holes. From a cottage in the Eastdean area. Pre 1939.
  8. Toy cat, possibly Felix the Cat, c.1920 –30

Find out More

Follow the What’s in the Box category on our blog to see what new items have come out from our stores.

If you visit Hove Museum in Church Road, Hove, look out for our What’s in the Box? display. 

Lucy Faithful, Collections Assistant