Wednesday, 17 July 2013


The theme this month on is Museum badges, it is an opportunity for museums to share the badges, pins and brooches they have in their collections. 

As you might imagine here at MoDiP we have quite a few pin badges and brooches and I am pleased to be able to highlight a few of them to you in this post.

Top row L-R: AIBDC 005256, AIBDC 006274
Bottom row L-R AIBDC 006651, AIBDC 003746

Winfield Fine Art

We have a small collection of brooches and other jewellery pieces made by the Winfield Fine Art project in the 1940s, - more information can be found about the project here

PHSL 48.1
All of the Winfield Fine Art pieces can be found on our catalogue

Cicada Jewellery 

Cicada Jewellery was founded in 1973 by Pat Thornton and Nick Orsborn.  MoDiP has a small number of butterfly and Cicada brooches in the collection. Our favourite piece relating to this collection is the open cast mould in which the bug brooches were made.

AIBDC 005491 & AIBDC 005556

Horn brooches

MoDiP has taken on the temporary custodianship of the collection of the Worshipful Company of Horners there are a number of brooches in there collection but I wanted to concentrate on the hand brooches. Hands were used in Victorian imagery as a symbol of offering friendship and affection, or conveying a message signified by what the hand is holding. Roses are a symbol of love.

WCHL 276.8, WCHL 146 & WCHL 269

Other museums and museum visitors will be sharing their badges on twitter - find out more by searching #MusBadges or following @Culturethemes

Louise Dennis (Assistant Curator)

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