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Vast Collection: James Wragg of Aquarium Amusements in Matlock Bath pictured with this vast collection of W.H. Goss crested china momentoes which depict towns and villages in Derbyshire, that have been amassed by a local man over thirty years and are now being exhibited to the public.
Vast Collection: James Wragg of Aquarium Amusements in Matlock Bath pictured with this vast collection of W.H. Goss crested china momentoes which depict towns and villages in Derbyshire, that have been amassed by a local man over thirty years and are now being exhibited to the public.
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A collection of holiday memoriabilia from the Victorian age is to go on display in Matlock Bath.

Over the past 30 years, Matlock resident Brian Wood has built up an enviable collection of Goss and crested china with a Derbyshire theme.

Most of the pieces are around 100 years old and depict well known sites from around the area.

Now around 1,500 pieces from his vast collection will feature in an exhibition at Matlock Aquarium, in North Parade, Matlock Bath.

The display is being officially launched today in a ceremony with the chariman of Derbyshire County Council, Cllr George Warmby, and will be on permanet loan to the attraction.

Mr Wood, who is a retired county council worker, said: “I started collecting about 30 years ago because a friend of mine at the time ran the Lumsdale Sales Gallery and said we needed to save our heritage – so that’s what I did.”

Crests show Derbyshire towns such as Ashover, Matlock, Crich and Dovedale and would have been bought originally by holiday makers as a souvenir.

There are also models of some significant landmarks on display, such as Bakewell and Eyam crosses, Matlock Bath War Memorial and Buxton St Anne’s Well.

W H Goss was a Stoke–on–Trent company which intriduced heraldic China in the early 1880s.

Brian said: “A lot of people collect Goss and they’ve all got private collections, so the public never get a chance to see it, but this is a chance for them to do so.”

Despite taking up 11 cabinets at the exhibition centre, it is not the sum of Brian’s collection, as he confessed that he still had many pieces still left at home.

He said he decided to loan his colleciton to aquarium so that others coule enjoy it.

Further information on the exhibition, including entry fees, is available by calling Matlock Bath Aquarium on 01629 583624.

For information on the Goss Collectors Club, people can contact the secretary, Idris Jenkins, at 14 Chater House, Welland Place, St Mary’s Road, Market Harborough, LE16 7GP.