York Museum Trust launches bizarre campaign ‘celebrities as objects in our collection’

York Museums Trust has let down its followers after comparing Dame Judi Dench and Sir Patrick Stewart to objects in its collections in a hilarious Twitter thread.

The posts, which have gained momentum in recent months, include items from the York Castle Museum, Yorkshire Museum and Gardens and the York Art Gallery, all of which are under the supervision of the Trust.

The comparisons include Judi Dench alongside a 17th century work box, a Julia Domna head pot, a Victorian wreath, an 18th century cat dummy plate, an Ormside bowl, a 19th century arsenic dress, and an Ann Stokes bolvis ceramic .

Sir Patrick Stewart’s collection is now on display a blessing parson made to protect against evil spirits, a Victorian Valentine’s Day card with real hair, a monument to Laurence Burt and a Roman jet pendant.

Social media users around the world were quick to praise the ‘great’ idea, with one saying, ‘Whoever did this should be promoted.


York Museum Trust has abandoned its followers after launching a bizarre ‘Celebrities as Objects in Our Collection’ campaign, including for Dame Judi Dench (left) first compared to the Trust’s 17th-century tapestry workbox ( right)

Each exhibit was detailed and color-matched to the different outfits and sets in which the 85-year-old found herself. In the photo: Dame Judi in Mrs. Brown (left) and the Museum’s Julia Domna main pot (right)

Comparisons include the one between Dame Judi (left) with a rose named after her at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2017 and a Victorian floral wreath (right)

One of the most light-hearted comparisons involved Dench’s animated film Cats (left) next to an 18th century cat pop board (right)

Dame Judi’s outfit when she arrived for the 40th annual Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House, London, in 2016 (left), bore a striking resemblance to an Ormside bowl (right)

Dench’s pastel green ensemble (left), which she showed by Victoria & Abdul in 2017, looked incredibly like a 19th-century arsenic dress (right) housed in the museum

Twitter users were sent into a frenzy by the York Museum Trust thread, which compared Judi Dench’s character in Shakespeare In Love to a spiky Ann Stokes fish-ceramic globe (right)


Spurred on by its success, the Trust soon followed suit with another ‘national treasure’ Sir Patrick Stewart. Pictured: Sir Patrick in 2020 (left) compared to a blessing pastor made to protect against evil spirits (right)

The 80-year-old thespian was treated to his own comparison of seven objects. Pictured: Sir Patrick at the 2007 film premiere of Sleuth (left) and a Victorian Valentine’s Day card with human hair (right)

Stewart’s striking pose for his role in A Christmas Carol, in which he lifted a stick above his shoulder (left), was repeated through one of the museum’s landmarks by Laurence Burt (right)

Fans raved when fellow actor Sir Ian McKellen snuck into the wire alongside Sir Patrick (left) while being compared to a Roman jet pendant (right)

One of the more bizarre comparisons was that in which the headgear Sir Patrick wore in X-men (left) next to a portrait of Lady Francis Fairfax (right)

Sir Patrick, who has had a very illustrious career, saw his purple garments in Star Trek (left) compared to a 1920s Easter egg currently managed by York Museum Trust (right)

There was also a reference to one of Sir Patrick’s more bizarre clothing choices – a lobster suit (left) – which was compared to a Victorian handcrafted model made of crabs (right)

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