Reverend John Parkinson lived at Ravendale Hall. He was born in 1754 in West Ravendale, and was educated at Brigg and Louth Grammar Schools. He went on to study at Oxford, where he was a Fellow of Magdalen College.
Parkinson’s regular wear as a parson and academic would have been a sober black suit. But the Museum’s Parkinson Collection features fashionable waistcoats and silk and velvet suits. Parkinson was an educated and relatively wealthy young man. From his letters and diaries, we learn that he often accompanied parties of undergraduates on tours of the continent. This explains the fashionable waistcoats and suits in his wardrobe.
In this video, Collections Assistant Decorative Arts, Madeleine Gray takes a closer look at one of the Reverend Parkinson’s embroidered waistcoats.
Curator’s Choice – A Venetian Soldino in Lincolnshire
A closer look at Venetian soldino in the Museums collection.
Curator’s Choice – Atkinson’s Illustrations
A closer look at the drawings of Alfred Atkinson for the Brigg Court of Sewers.
Curator’s Choice – Bill’s Letters to Home
A closer look at a series of letters sent by William ‘Bill’ Smith to his fiancé Evelyn Goodacre.
Curator’s Choice – Boy’s Dresses
A closer look at the clothes worn by Rowland Winn, 1st Baron St Oswald as a small boy.
Curator’s Choice – Fowler’s Mosaics
A closer look at William Fowler of Winterton’s engravings of mosaics.
Curator’s Choice – Magnificent Moths
A closer look at the Museum’s moth collection.
Curator’s Choice – Of Mourning and Bonnets
A closer look at a selection of Victorian mourning bonnets.
Curator’s Choice – Riley’s Crisp Factory
A closer look at Scunthorpe’s Riley’s Crisp Factory.
Curator’s Choice – Stukeley’s Itinerarium Curiosum
A closer look at William Stukeley’s book, the Itinerarium Curiosum.
Curator’s Choice – The Flintlock Flint
A closer look at gunflints.
Curator’s Choice – The Thresher
A closer look at the threshing machine.
Curator’s Choice – The Unassuming Plough Pebble
A closer look at Medieval plough pebbles.
Curator’s Choice – The Wroot Axe
A closer look at the Neolithic Wroot Axe.