Once used in Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery which was opened by the Carlisle Corporation in 1893. These wooden boxes would have stored the museum's vast and varied collection of natural science objects.
From rock samples, eggs and fossils to insects, plants and seeds. This collection was recently awarded Designated status by Arts Council England, signifying it's global importance.
The Designation Scheme identifies and celebrates outstanding collections, which deepen our understanding of the world and what it means to be human.
The collection's ability to show how Cumbria's diverse fauna and flora is changing over time was an important factor in securing Designation status.
Hand made from plywood with hand painted lettering, these boxes probably date to around the 1950s and are no longer suitable for continuing to conserve the objects contained within.
Each box is sold individually and has various amounts of wear and tear including scratches, scuffs, chips, paint splatters, old lacquer finish and general marks. We have multiples in stock all with similar amounts of wear.
As a result, you may not receive the exact box photographed in the close up photographs.
If you’d like pictures of the exact item you will receive before you complete your purchase, please don’t hesitate to contact us. These boxes are a fantastic, unique storage solution. Not only aesthetically pleasing with an interesting history, they are very practical too.