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The Hollowell Collection

The charity holds a very special collection of rural artefacts collected over the past 40 years. The collection is of huge regional importance and comprises over 3000 individual items. It has been put together by the late Mr Richard Hollowell and his two sons, Steven and Robert. The Hollowell Collection includes artefacts from a wide range of English, particularly Northamptonshire, rural life throughout the ages, from the Neolithic period to the 20th century.

For example, the Collection includes prehistoric flint tools, Roman coins, early Northamptonshire banknotes, horse-drawn farm implements from the 19th century, and farm-workers' hand tools. There is a complete blacksmith’s shop, a wheelwright's shop, all the tools used by a cabinet-maker, and a Victorian kitchen. From the 20th century, there are artefacts from both World Wars, gramophones and phonographs, and some of the earliest wireless sets used in Northamptonshire.

There are so many objects of interest: from cherry stoners to bell-hangers' gimlets; from goose crammers to eel gleaves.
The Heritage Centre will be a fitting home for the Hollowell Collection and an invaluable educational resource.

 
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