Cabinet of Curiosities
Alexander, Lord Peckover - A Collector Alexander, Lord Peckover was an avid collector and the Cabinet of Curiosities is testament to his many travels throughout Europe and North Africa.
Cabinets of curiosities, also known as 'Wunderkammer', were small collections of extraordinary objects which, like today's museums, attempted to categorise and tell stories about the wonders and oddities of the natural world.
All of the Peckovers were great travellers and many of their journeys are recorded in their diaries and watercolour albums we hold in our archive collection.
Alexander's grandson, Roland Penrose, remembers his grandfather looming over him as he surveyed the contents, with his commanding voice booming incessantly - 'keep off dirty paws!'
The Cabinet of Curiosities is open for people to view during our 'What's in There?' days - see our events page for more details.