The exhibition recreates the style of a Victorian cabinet of curiosities, which was a room filled with a variety of unusual objects collected from natural and social history, archaeology and geological sources.
The museum’s cabinet displays a wide range of artefacts such as Chinese shoes for bound feet, devil’s toenails, charms from Bassetlaw against witches, a cricket ball presented to Harold Larwood, a bank note issued by The Bank of Retford and many others.
Included in the display is a puzzling collection of souvenirs brought from the South Seas by ‘’the late Captain G. Williams the last time he came over before his murder’’.
They belonged to Mr Robert Leonard Towne, grocer of 48 Bridge Street, Worksop who died in 1907 and were donated by his son.
The museum staff would welcome any information about the mysterious Captain Williams and his possible adventures.
Katarzyna Wosiak of Bassetlaw Museum said they would love to know more about Captain Williams and the stories behind his South Seas adventures.
“Part of the collection was in the museum in the 1930s when it was based in Worksop,” she said.
“We are appealing to any local historians or history buffs who may know about Captain Williams’ connection to the town to let us know more about him.”
The exhibition runs Monday to Saturday 10am-4.45pm until Saturday 10th September.
For more information Call Bassetlaw Museum on 01777 713749.