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Object of the Month

Every month an object from the collection will be featured here:

April 2013


Nobby - Collecting box, 1997

This collecting box has been made by automata maker Tim Hunkin.


The figure is based on a local character called Nobby Touzel (1862-1937) who rented out skiffs from the top of the harbour just after the Great War.  He was also a note life-saver and was awarded many medals.  Over the years 'Nobby' has collected many thousands of pounds for the Maritime Museum.


Making mechanised museum collecting boxes has considerable attractions. They have a satisfyingly obvious practical function, they command attention (people watch attentively to get their money’s worth) and they are placed in interesting, prominent places (to take as much money as possible).”

Tim Hunkin, automata maker

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