The Green Howards Museum received donations from 48 different sources last year, totaling more than 400 individual items. They included nine medal groups; comprising 25 medals, as well as photograph albums and individual pictures, personal archive, jewellery and uniform.
Creative pieces were also gratefully received by the museum team, fitting perfectly with the theme of their current exhibition, Created in Conflict, which returns when the museum reopens on Wednesday 1 February.
The museum collection never stands still, with an average donation rate of one per week, the process of cataloguing and storing each item is continuous.
As the museum prepares to mark its 50th year in its current location in the centre of the market place, the latest additions will help the team continue to share the 318 year story of those who served well into the future.
Collections Manager, Zoe Utley accessions objects which have been accepted into the museum collection so they can be made available for future displays, exhibitions or research.
"It's very gratifying to be able to immediately share artwork taken into the collection this year, with visitors to Created in Conflict treated to seeing objects which have only just been received. We've been able to add some of Don Smith's work to our gallery wall, giving a glimpse of how a trained artist captured his time as a National Serviceman in Cyprus in the mid 1950s. Earlier in the year a huge box of personal archive relating to David Preston arrived at the museum, with one of his Prisoner of War notebooks containing subject matter perfect for inclusion in the exhibition. Those strange coincidences tend to happen here when we are working on a certain theme or project - relevant items seem to turn up at the right time to help us out."
One of the more sentimental items taken into the museum's collection in 2022 is a tiny heart-shaped locket. It was owned by one of Corporal Henry (Harry) Griffiths and his wife Eliza's six children, their youngest daughter Nellie, and contains photographs of her parents. 2022 also saw donations of uniform which are the earliest examples of their kind in the museum's collection.
You can find out about more of the items The Green Howards Museum took into their care last year by reading the full story on their website.
Richmond attractions 2023 season details
The Green Howards Museum reopens Wednesday 1 February.
The Georgian Theatre Experience resume their tours on Monday 13 February.
Richmond Castle is currently open at weekends.
Richmondshire Museum opens on 1 April.