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1776 African Youth of the Dales

Yorkshire family discover they are descendants of a slave Read More

1984 Miners' Strike Symbol of support

Italian bag of sugar representing friendship and solidarity Read More
19th Century Russian burak

19th Century Russian Burak Decorated with Cockerels

Waterproof container made from birch bark Read More
Detail of a carving of the Hindu God Garuda

Carving of the Hindu God Garuda

Also a national symbol of Thailand and Indonesia Read More
Photo of crocodile skull

Crocodile Skull and Ornaments

Ornaments taken from a crocodile's stomach Read More
Russian peasant emnbroidery of Mokosh

Embroidery of the Russian Goddess Mokosh

Ritual linen towel used in marriage and childbirth Read More
Galapagos Tortoise

Galapagos Tortoise

Only existing specimen of the extinct Barrington Island Tortoise Read More
Refugee doll

German Refugee's Doll

One lady's special reminder of her childhood before WWII Read More
Japanese stencil design

Japanese Stencil Design

A Meiji stencil illustrating the legend of Urashima Taro Read More
A detail from a Javanese Shadow Puppet 'Bima'

Javanese Shadow Puppet

Made in 1994 by East Java craftsman from stiff leather parchment Read More
Killer whale souvenir plate

Killer Whale Souvenir Plate

How killer whales got their name Read More
A page from Louisa Pesel's scrapbook

Louisa Pesel's Travels

An Embroiderer's travel record of Europe, India and Egypt 1903-1947 Read More
Quilt made from 1800s military uniforms

Military Patchwork Quilt

Quilt made by a soldier from military uniforms Read More
Ibibio puppet

Nigerian Ibibio Puppets

Social sculptures for democratic change Read More
Quilt made from ties by Mrs Worth

Quilt made from ties

A hand stitched quilt made by Mrs Worth in the 1960s Read More
Detail of the Rudston Venus Mosaic

Rudston Venus Mosaic

From a 4thC Roman Villa discovered in East Yorkshire Read More
Herbert Stewart's diary

Russian Revolution Diary

Diary of a tutor to the Tzar of Russia's nephews Read More

Serapis Dedication Tablet

Evidence of a Roman temple in York Read More
Model Ship of the Dead

Ship of the Dead

Made by the Dayak peoples of Borneo to carry souls to the afterlife Read More

Ship's Log of The Diana

The sad account of a Victorian whaling ship Read More
Sioux Warrior shirt

Sioux Warrior Shirt

Painted figures show victories over the wearer's enemies Read More
Illustration from Silent Traveller by Chiang Yee

The Silent Traveller in the Yorkshire Dales

The beauty of The Dales seen through the eyes of Chiang Yee Read More
Yinka Shonibare's The Wanderer is his interpretation of an horrific slave ship voyage

The Wanderer

Contemporary artist Yinka Shonibare's response to a slaveship tragedy Read More
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