HERSCHEL’S COMPASS

HERSCHEL’S COMPASS

About the object A gift to G.H Spiers of Upton Park from Prof Herschel Nov 1904 – why was it given? where did it lead? Slough Museum’s Discovery and Innovation Pod is on the first floor of The Curve. The Pod shares the local history of Slough based 18th century...
Lydia Simmons Mayoral Robe

Lydia Simmons Mayoral Robe

About the object Slough made history by electing the country’s first black female mayor in 1984 and Slough Museum hold her Mayoral Robe in our collection. Lydia Simmons was born in Monserrat, a tiny island in the West Indies. Her cousin, Beresford Alleyne was at...
Made in Slough Radios

Made in Slough Radios

About the object Slough Museum hold several radios in our collection and a selection of these were used as inspiration for 202020 Slough. These acquisitions are in part due to the number of Slough manufacturers of radios on Slough Trading Estate over the years. This...
The Adelphi Slough cinema tickets

The Adelphi Slough cinema tickets

About the object Built for and opened as an independent cinema by a company named Slough Playhouse Ltd, The Adelphi opened in February 1930. Designed by noted cinema architect Eric Norman Bailey from nearby Maidenhead, there was a large stage, a Christie 3Manual/8Rank...
Diya lamps

Diya lamps

About the object The Diwali lamp is also known as the diya. Diya is the Sanskrit word for lamp. Diya lamps are often used in Hindu worship, but are widely recognised during the Diwali festival, the festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn on the brightest...
Women’s Land Army Uniform

Women’s Land Army Uniform

About the object The Women’s Land Army (WLA) was created in 1917 to help farmers cope with the shortage of male labour as a result of the First World War. It was brought back into action for the Second World War, at first as voluntary service and then as a form of...
Woolly Mammoth Tusk

Woolly Mammoth Tusk

About the object The oldest item in the Museum’s collection comes from a creature roaming these parts five million years ago – what did it see? where did it go? Slough Museum’s Origins of Slough Pod is on the ground floor of The Curve. The Pod tells how the word...
Victorian decorative fireplace tile

Victorian decorative fireplace tile

About the object The tile is from the fireplace of Observatory House – the only object in Slough Museum’s Collection from the interior of this now demolished building, once on the corner of Windsor Road/Herschel Street in Slough. Slough Museum acquired it into the...
St Paul’s Brownie Pack c1961

St Paul’s Brownie Pack c1961

About the object We know very little about this Brownie photograph (1985.025.051), apart from a note on the reverse which indicates this Pack were based at St Paul’s Church on the Stoke Road in Slough during the early 1960s. It looks as though they are standing around...