Cabinet of Curiosities coming to Rugby museum - The Rugby Observer

Cabinet of Curiosities coming to Rugby museum

THE CABINET of Curiosities opens at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum later this month.

Inspiration for the new exhibition comes from the German forerunner of the modern-day museum, Wunderkammer – the cabinets of wonder.

Wunderkammer date back to the 16th century and were the preserve of the wealthy, who showcased eclectic collections of curios from the natural world, religious relics, art works and antiquities in grand rooms.

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum’s Cabinet of Curiosities opens its doors on Tuesday (November 28), and showcases a treasure trove of objects plucked from the Museum’s social history and archaeology collections.




Curios on display include animal bones excavated from the Roman settlement of Tripontium, Liassic tree fragments discovered in the 1970s during the construction of the link between the M1 and the M6, and a silver medieval ring unearthed in King’s Newnham.

Other objects include a decorative toilet bowl from 1880s North Street gentleman’s club Rugby Club, a tonsil guillotine operated by surgeons at the Hospital of St Cross in the early 19th century, and a pair of scissors belonging to the barber of jet engine inventor Sir Frank Whittle.


Cabinet of Curiosities runs at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum until next March.

Rugby Borough Council growth and investment spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms said: “The Museum’s collections house a wide and varied selection of objects, ranging from important archaeological finds to quirky artefacts from Rugby’s past.

“The Cabinet of Curiosities embraces many of the offbeat items stored in the Museum’s vaults and promises to entertain and intrigue.”

Visit www.ragm.co.uk for more information.

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