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Christmas in a Nutshell

Opens Saturday 10th December 'til January 2023.

Thursday 22nd Dec:

Free drop in workshop: 

"Make your own Nutshell Treasure" 

11:30-1:30 and 2:00-4:00pm

Free with Museum tickets. 


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Follow the museum trail with our guest curator Sally Jones as she explores the miniature world of the famous London Penny Toy Sellers; the curious uses of tiny ceramic dolls (known as 'Frozen Charlottes'), and the sad fate of 'Frozen Charlotte' in this seasonal exhibition. 

Sally first encountered Frozen Charlottes when she started mudlarking 10 years ago and was instantly intrigued by the miniature dolls and their supposed darking meanings. This led Sally to write her dissertation on Miniatures, Myths and Meanings: An Object Biography of Frozen Charlotte as part of her MA in History of Design and Material Culture at the University of Brighton.

The trail is part of the collection. What do you think these miniature dolls were used for? Sally has researched them extensively for the past few years but still thinks they have more stories to tell...


You will have access to the trail when you book a museum ticket using the calendar on this page. 

On Thursday 22nd December we will be running a free drop in workshop where you can make your own "Nutshell Treasure". Fill your walnut with miniature treasures, magical messages, tiny babies, little monsters. Imagination is the limit!

Drop in between 11:30-1:30pm and 2:00-4:00pm. Suitable for all ages. Free with a museum ticket. 

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