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Parian ware

A type of white porcelain with a slightly granular surface resembling the pure white, highly prized marble used for sculpture from the Greek island of Paros. It was used mainly for busts and figures produced by casting and was first made in England in the 1840s.

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From building dens to food faces – enjoy our Playful Portraits activities and find out about some brilliant people!

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Activities for children and families inspired by three healthcare heroes from our Collection.

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Downloadable and web based resources to support learning at home linked to art, history, citizenship and literacy.

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