My favourite view

PUBLISHED: 07:33 14 April 2014

This is the My Favourite View for March issue of EDP Norfolk magazine. Ruth Battersby-Tooke, curator of the county's costume and textile collection.

Picture: James Bass

This is the My Favourite View for March issue of EDP Norfolk magazine. Ruth Battersby-Tooke, curator of the county's costume and textile collection. Picture: James Bass

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View from the 144ft high Nelson's Monument, Great Yarmouth

This is the My Favourite View for March issue of EDP Norfolk magazine. Ruth Battersby-Tooke, curator of the county's costume and textile collection.

Picture: James BassThis is the My Favourite View for March issue of EDP Norfolk magazine. Ruth Battersby-Tooke, curator of the county's costume and textile collection. Picture: James Bass

I have been up there more times than I can remember, my calf muscles are a testament to that! After working on the development of the Time and Tide museum I became the interpretation and access officer for Nelson’s Monument while it was being restored during 2004-2005. I love the view for several reasons - it was a real privilege to be working on such an exciting project, also I came to Great Yarmouth from London aged 13 and fell in love with the town because of its amazing history. Lots of people have mentioned to me what a shame it is that the monument is in South Denes in a light industrial area, but I love the location. I am fascinated by what goes on in those buildings, people making microchips for planes and enormous obscure tools for the oaffshore industry. It reminds us that it is a living town. As a Norfolk Museums Service curator Nelson has never been far away from me, now that I am curator of costume and textiles I still work on Nelson-related artefacts; one of my next projects will be working on the Ensign of Le Genereux, a French Tricolor flag captured in 1800 and given as a gift to the City of Norwich.

Ruth Battersby Tooke’s illustrated lecture on The Costume Collection and The Move To The Shirehall, is in the Town Close Auditorium, Norwich Castle Museum, 2.30pm, Tuesday, March 18. Tickets available on the door, £3.50 for members of Friends of Norwich Museums and £4 guests.

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