On Wednesday we visited the fairly new museum in Shrewsbury. The Museum was previously housed in a timber framed building called Rowley's House but over the last year or two it has moved to the former Music Hall building and behind it the older building known as Vaughan's Mansion.
It is a lovely museum, especially for me the Medieval, Tudor and Stuart galleries. Above a view of the medieval gallery in the old hall of Vaughan's Mansion.
I was impressed with the use of space and the way the differing galleries were displayed within it. Above a view from the balcony of the Shropshire Gallery on the floor of the old Music Hall.
It was very hard to chose just five things from the variety of objects in the displays so I have sneaked in a collage of others at the end of this post. So, below are five random objects, not in chronological order, from across the museum exhibits.
1. A carving, from the Tudor Gallery, of the Shrewsbury Borough Arms or 'loggerheads' removed in 1760 from the outside of Romaldesham Hall, the home of the Montgomery family, and placed with two other carvings into the fronts of cottages built on the site of the old hall. These cottages stood from 1760 until 1949.
2. Women's shoes c. 1710 from the costume section of the Shropshire Gallery
3. An early 18th century oil painting by John Bowen of a formal garden belonging to a house on Dogpole in Shrewsbury. The town has some very unusual street names which I will include in another post.
4. A seahorse from the art installation by Shirley Chub on the balcony overlooking the Shropshire Gallery
5. A silver hand mirror from the Roman gallery. Said to be the finest ever found in Britain it was made in the Rhineland and may have been brought here by a wealthy Roman woman.
I am joining in Five on Friday, taking five minutes from our day to enjoy five things. Please go and visit the other people who are also blogging about Five on Friday this week.