Looking beneath surface at new tour of museum store

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Surface decoration on a variety of objects in the Scarborough Collections will be the subject of the next store tour on Tuesday July 30.

Scarborough Museums Trust’s head of collections Karen Snowden will lead the tour, which will look at objects ranging from a cinerary, or burial, urn dating from 1500 BC to a rare 18th century block-printed maternity dress.

“We’ll look at how surface decoration evolved from the very simple to the much more sophisticated, and how it essentially became art as we now know it,” said Karen.

The Scarborough Collections is the name given to all the museum objects acquired by the Borough of Scarborough over the years. Collections tours are on the final Tuesday of each month. Each takes around an hour, and participants are asked to meet at Scarborough Art Gallery at 2pm.