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Museum advent calendar

In Museums, Uncategorized on December 24, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Today is Christmas Eve. Throughout December I’ve been adding objects from museums around the world to my #museumxmas advent calendar on twitter. I thought I’d pull them all together into one place here.

Happy Christmas!

1 Dec: In 1843, Henry Cole, director of V&A sent the world’s first Christmas card
2 Dec: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! A piece of snowflake obsidian from the National Museum of Scotland
3 Dec: The Adoration of the Magi by Mantegna from the Getty Museum, CA
4 Dec: Christmas decorations from Mexico and Russia at the Horniman Museum, London
5 Dec: 1950s Christmas card from a Liverpool sweet factory from the Museum of Liverpool
6 Dec: An awesome, if slightly terrifying, C19th bauble from Brooklyn Museum, NY
7 Dec: Japanese snow scenes by Hiroshige (1797-1858) and Hokusai (1760-1849) from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
8 Dec: Feliz Navidad! A 1969 photo of Christmas at the Plaza Mayor, from the Reina Sofia, Madrid
9 Dec: The reindeer are getting ready for their massive delivery round. Here’s a 13000-year-old one from the British Museum, London
10 Dec: Some festive objects from the U.S.S.R. from the Wende Museum, CA
11 Dec: David Shrigley is definitely not scared of Santa. Or so he says in this 1996 artwork in Tate, London
12 Dec: A festive photo from the National Railway Museum, York
13 Dec: A beautiful, if expensive bauble from London Transport Museum
14 Dec: Front cover of 1995 xmas NME, strangely in Seattle Art Museum, WA
15 Dec: Christmas Day 1916. British officers enjoy turkey and champagne in a mess tent. Photograph from Imperial War Museum, London
16 Dec: Christmas cake decoration (Santa drove a car!?) from Te Papa, New Zealand
17 Dec: ‘The Santa Klaus Murder’ a novel in which Santa gets murdered! Available from the British Library shop
18 Dec: Do you have as many Christmas cards as this chap from 1960s Hong Kong from the Ashmolean, Oxford
19 Dec: A 1837 snowy scene from St Alban’s Museum, Herts
20 Dec: The Spruce Bark Beetle eats Christmas trees! Make sure you haven’t got one on yours by checking in at the Natural History Museum, London
21 Dec: A charming xmas card from 1903, showing that little boys and girls have never really got on from Castle Drogo, Devon
22 Dec: Tree-shaped Spode ceramics for Christmas from the Spode Museum, Stoke-on-Trent
23 Dec: The Reverend Christmas Evans 1766-1838 (what a wonderful name) immortalised in pottery at the Wedgwood Museum, Stoke-on-Trent
24 Dec: The famous Met Christmas Tree, complete with nativity scene tree from the Metropolitan Museum, NY

. c/o @Wedgwood_Museum #museumxmas
To conclude the #museumxmas advent calendar,  Merry Christmas!

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