Shine a Light: Burning Bright

By Sophie Towne

Over the last couple of months here at the Norfolk Museums Collection Centre we have largely been reorganising and giving a bit of TLC to our collection of fireplaces, fire screens, chimney cranes and roasting spits.

Each fireplace in our collection has its own character and personality; from grandiose and ostentatiously decorative to modestly useful.

Here are a couple of my favourite fire surrounds from our collection, polar opposites but both equally lovely:

A typical fireplace from the 1850s with pillars decorated with acanthus leaves and Prince of Wales feathers in relief

A typical fireplace from the 1850s with pillars decorated with acanthus leaves and Prince of Wales feathers in relief

Cast iron fireplace with polychrome tiled floral surround and marble mantelpiece dated 1910 from 72 St Mary's Road in Lowestoft

Cast iron fireplace with polychrome tiled floral surround dated 1910 from 72 St Mary’s Road in Lowestoft

This is just a taster of our amazing collection, check back soon for more updates on our fabulous array of all things fiery.

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2 Responses to Shine a Light: Burning Bright

  1. I’ve been wanting an antique fireback for my own fireplace at home…these surrounds are beautiful!!

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