Art & collections
Objects in focus
A fragment of an 1,800-year-old glass fish bottle was discovered at our Chedworth Roman Villa site in Gloucestershire. Image © National Trust / Rod Kirkpatrick / F Stop Press
One of several Tudor-era tennis balls found during the restoration of the Long Gallery at Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire built in the 16th century for promenading and tennis playing.
When the game of tennis moved outdoors, wooden rackets could get warped. This racket presse from Lanhydrock in Cornwall was used to keep frames flat and taut.
This costume from Calke Abbey, Derbyshire, consists of bloomers and sailor's collar. Swimwear at the time was designed to cover women's bodies, not to facilitate swimming.
Swimwear eventually became less bulky and better-suited for swimming – and diving. This photograph, taken by E.C. Hardman, shows a woman poised to dive off a rock.
This high-cut suit, from Killerton, Devon, was made by the Dutch label Tweka who boasted offering 'wearable and fashionable swimsuits in which you could actually swim'.
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The majority of objects in our care are recorded on our National Trust Collections website. You'll find many intriguing items to explore at places near you