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Images Dated 2017 November

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Mende Sowei Mask, Sierra Leone, West Africa Featured November Image

Mende Sowei Mask, Sierra Leone, West Africa

Women of the female-only secret society (Sande) of Western Africa used these carved, wooden, masks for initiation ceremonies, marking a woman's transition from child to adulthood. During these important occasions a high-ranking member of the society, known as the?ndoli jowei?- the?sowei?who dances would wear the mask on top of her head, with her body covered in a black raffia costume. Accompanied by music, dancing and singing she would appear in public and is viewed as both a physical manifestation of the spirit of the Sande Society and as an embodiment of its powerful medicines. TRURI : 1500.138

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Bicycle (Velocipede or Boneshaker), Cornwall Works, Birmingham, England Featured November Image

Bicycle (Velocipede or Boneshaker), Cornwall Works, Birmingham, England

In September 1870, this velocipede was ridden by Sir Richard Tangye from Truro to Newquay, bringing the news of the Battle of Sedan to the town. Tangye's Cornwall Works in Birmingham built large numbers of velocipedes, paying a royalty to the French Velocipede Company in order to make the bicycles. The five sons of Joseph Tangye senior, an Illogan miner, commenced their engineering and manufacturing business together in Birmingham in 1856. James (1825-1912), the eldest, was very skilled with the lathe; Joseph (1826-1902) was the creative engineer; Richard (1833-1906) dealt with public relations and sales; George (1835-1920) was the businessman; while Edward (1832-1909), a Quaker, soon left to found his own business. Velocipedes, also known as Boneshakers, due to their iron tyres, were one of the many things that were manufactured at the Cornwall Works. The business also provided the hydraulic rams required to launch the Great Eastern, Brunel's ill-fated steel ship in 1857-1858, and to raise Cleopatra's Needle to its present position on the London Embankment in 1878. The first direct-acting steam pumps in Europe were made at the Cornwall Works in 1867 and the firm produced James Tangye's horizontal steam engines from 1869. By 1876 the firm employed 1300 workers. The Tangyes were also philanthropists and from 1880 were founders and major benefactors of the Birmingham Art Gallery and Museum and the Birmingham School of Art. TRURI : 1937.34

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Shield with 17 Campaign Medals, 1807-1918 Featured November Image

Shield with 17 Campaign Medals, 1807-1918

These 17 campaign medals were awarded to various members of the Call family. The medals date from the Peninsular War (1807-1814) to the Great War (1914-1918) and include: Military General Service Medal, 1793-1814; Army of India Medal, 1799-1826; two First China War Medals, First Anglo-Chinese War 1839-1842; Order of the Bath (Military Class), 1869; Crimean War Campaign Medal 1854-1856; Turkish Crimea Medal 1855, Crimean War 1854-1856; India General Service Medal, Second Anglo-Burmese War / Second Burma War 1852-1853; Sardinian Medal for Valour, Crimean War 1854-1856; Order of the Medjidie Medal (Fifth Class), Crimean War 1854-1856; Afghanistan Medal, Second Afghan War 1878-1880; Kabul to Kandahar Star 1880, Second Afghan War 1878-1880; Distinguished Service Order Medal, First World War 1914-1918; Queen's South Africa Medal, Second Boer War 1899-1902; 1914-15 Star Medal, First World War 1914-1918; British War Medal, First World War 1914-1918; Victory Medal, First World War 1914-1918. The Call family served with the Royal Irish Regiment, which until 1881 was known as the 18th Regiment of Foot. It was also known as the 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment of Foot and the 18th (The Royal Irish) Regiment of Foot. The regiment was disbanded in 1922. Members of the family also served with the 27th Light Dragoons and the Royal Engineers. TRURI : 1931.40.41-57

© RIC, photographer Mike Searle