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Many Museum collections owe their origins to the passion and commitment of private collectors. The Collector's Cabinet offers visitors a glimpse into a number of local private collections and the stories of people who assembled them.

Are you a collector willing to share your private passion with the public? If you are, and would like to lend your collection to the Museum for temporary display, please complete and submit an Application Form (167kB PDF) for consideration in the Collector’s Cabinet program.

Time for Tea
Sandra Hicks
2 July - 14 December 2019

Sandra Hicks Tea SetTea set from Sandra Hicks' collection Tea drinking originated in China and made its way to the west in the 1600s. Sharing a cup of tea with family or friends is still a popular pastime and people who take their tea seriously always use tea leaves and teapot.

The tea sets in this beautiful collection were handed down through the family to Sandra Hicks, a collector with a passion for retaining family objects. Sandra is known as 'the archivist' in the family, and these tea sets are just one part of her collection of family memories, or as Sandra puts it, 'treasures from the past'.

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