Journeys from Japan

To celebrate sisters Ethel & Geraldine Webb’s love of Japanese culture, we are showcasing some of Nottingham City Museums’ own collection in a trail around the house.

February 2021 – October 2022


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The two sisters who once lived here took a ‘world tour’ with their father visiting Japan in 1892.

This journey inspired them to transport Japanese golden screens, carved panels, stone lanterns and plants back to Newstead Abbey. They created their theatrical Japanese Room and their version of a serene Japanese Garden that you can still enjoy today.

Nottingham City Museums’ collecting has always looked beyond the borders of the UK, bringing objects from many different cultures across the world, to inspire and delight us all.

Look out for the objects old and new with the pink cherry blossom as you walk through the house, as part of these Japanese themed exhibition.


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Takanori Funamoto

Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Institute for Language and Intercultural Communication, from Nottingham Trent University has worked with us to comment on some objects that are special to him.


A room with a personal view

Audio loop (12 minutes) featuring:

Takanori Funamoto

Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Institute for Language and Intercultural Communications from Nottingham Trent University.

Although Takanori has visited our Japanese Garden many times, he didn’t know about this Japanese room until recently, so we asked for his view on the room.

Without this team and many more collaborators we would not be able to showcase these creative responses to the museum collection.

A big thank you to each individual that has been a part of putting together.

Discover Journeys of Japan

Step inside Newstead Abbey’s Historic House each weekend to discover Journeys of Japan.

Price: Adults: £12, Kids go free (with each paid adult)

Book online in advance, or arrange on entry to the Historic House

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