6th December 2016
I’ve recently started my Resilience Syndicate internship with Culture Syndicates and for nine months I will be undertaking a placement with Kettering Museum. On my walk around the museum I saw some really quirky and interesting objects.
Mummified cat: Said to ward away evil spirits, mummified cats were kept in between walls of houses! Potentially, not something that is common practice today but fascinating to look at.
Boots that conquered Everest: during the quest of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953 to conquer the mountain, these special high altitude boots were invented by The British Boot, Shoe & Allied Trade Research Association of Kettering. Perhaps the boots were the reason behind the success of the expedition?
Wooly rhinoceros: Sadly, this animal has been extinct for 10,000 years but you can see the remains of one right here at the museum. You can also compare it to the modern day rhinoceros, elephant and an Ichthyosaur.
Agatha Christie: This collection of objects has been temporarily loaned to the museum and shows the life and works of the famous author including a copy of her bust. You’ll have to be quick though, this amazing story leaves the museum 14th January 2017.
I do hope you visit Kettering to see these quirky and interesting objects and maybe I’ll see you there too!
By Siân Fox, Resilience Syndicate Intern at Kettering Museum