Visitors to the museum describe items in the collection that hold a special interest for them…
Alan Dyer from Bangor:
“I like the brass model of Telford’s Menai suspension bridge which greets visitors as they reach the first floor of the Museum. Not only is it a fine piece of craftsmanship, made by Richard Dorkins of Bangor in 1875 at the then high cost of £90, but it records the appearance of the bridge before its reconstruction in 1939-40. We tend to forget what a striking technical triumph it was, one of the wonders of the modern world at its opening in 1826”.
Frances Llewelyn from Bangor:
“My favourite object is The Rhuddgaer Lead Coffin. It has a raised inscription produced from a mould and it is back to front. This is just the kind of mistake I’m very likely to make! One can hear the gasp of horrified recognition by the maker.”
In 1878 this Roman or Early Medieval lead coffin was discovered near Rhuddgaer, Rhosyr, Anglesey. It bears the inscription CAMULORIS H[IC] O[SSA] I[NCLUDUNTOR] I[ACENT] ‘Here lie the bones of Camuloris’
Mary Dodd from Bangor:
“My favourite object is a slate slab carved with a musical extract. The slate was an important local industry, and fostered a male voice choir [from a] strong local musical tradition. [I admire] the remarkable skill required to carve the music on the slate.”
Judy Gooding from Llandegfan:
“My favourite object is the little cursing slate, because it’s fun!”
This object was found in Ffynnon Eilian, Llaneilian in 1925. Measuring 3 inches wide and two inches high, it has been etched with a border of criss-crosses. The letters RF have been carved in the centre of the slate and the letters OAM, MEM, AGM (?) and (–M) in the corners. A figure with its left arm broken off has been pinned to the centre of the slate. It is typical of the kind of object made by people who wished misfortune on their enemies.