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This blog is about museum things that have caught our attention from events and exhibitions to new discoveries in the collections.

Hats and Roman Hairdressing

Posted on: 6th March 2015 By: Sue Davies

Hats and Roman Hairdressing

The photo above was taken on 20th July 1898.  The woman in the centre of the sea of hats is Dame Maria Millington Evans (1856-1944).  She is installing the foundation stone of, what is now, the Museum of St Albans.  Dame Maria was invited to do the...

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The St Albans Sausage?

Posted on: 4th March 2015 By: Sue Davies

The St Albans Sausage?

The image above is of a sausage making machine in St Albans Museum Service’s collection (1988.3736).   It was donated by a Mrs Peacock.  Seeing this made me wonder if there was a St Albans sausage.  There are plenty of regional sausages in Britain...

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Strongmen and Pharoahs

Posted on: 24th February 2015 By: David Thorold

Strongmen and Pharoahs

It is not a typical piece of experience to go on the C.V. of an Egyptologist, but ‘circus strongman’ was one of the former professions of Giovanni Belzoni (1778-1823).  In the early years of the 19th century this Italian from the city...

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