Thameside museum displays are a picture

THURROCK Museum has a series of temporary winter displays in its gallery at the Thameside complex in Grays.

They have been prepared by a team of museum volunteers and Friends of the Thurrock Museum.

One unusual display is made up of old cameras and local portrait photographs from Victorian and Edwardian era displayed alongside photographs by Grays photographer Dave Sellens — winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award.

Jonathan Catton Thurrock’s Heritage and Museum officer said: “The use of photography to record and interpret Thurrock’s unique heritage is immeasurable.

“I use the resources of themuseum’s photographic record all the time for talks on our local history.

“It’s great to compare the history time line of photography – especially as the Thurrock Camera Club is celebrating its 90th anniversary.”

Other winter displays in the gallery include one of recent donations of artefacts and items including Colonel Whitmore’s 80th birthday cake – his Coat of Arms presented in the icing on the top of his cake has been preserved in a circular wooden bowl; a display of Grays High Street shops featured in a Christmas theme; and a case of children’s toys from the 1960s to 1980s.

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