Any visitor to the museum will most likely remember the large, gold eagle in our lobby as it is eye-catching and right in the path of the entrance. But close to the eagle are two other impressive figureheads, those from HMS Formidable and HMS Edinburgh.
These figureheads (and one carving) came from a place called Castles Shipbreaking Company in London (to learn about the history of the company go HERE). This company was known for breaking up ships (as their name implies), but they also had a furniture business. While many figureheads, and carvings, were taken off of the ships before they came to Castles, many others were left on the ships and taken off by Castles.Read more
One of the important functions of our museum is education. We have many images showing the various programs we used to offer in the past and, thankfully, we’re still going strong on the education front with an amazing Education Department and program offering. I’m not completely sure what’s going on in the above picture from 1983, but the kids sure do look cute in their boats and hats!
This was part of a figurehead program in 1983 where the kids learned how they were made. They they had their outlines drawn on paper to show what they might look like as a figurehead.Read more