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

Cats creepy! York museums staff baffles social media users with an unusual thread comparing exhibits to Dame Judi Dench and Sir Patrick Stewart

  • York Museums Trust has thrilled social media with a clever Twitter thread
  • Compared Dame Judi Dench and Sir Patrick Stewart to objects in her collections
  • Items include a Julia Domna main pot and a Victorian wreath

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.

LADY JUDI DENCH

York Museum Trust has abandoned its followers after the launch of a bizarre 'celebrities as objects in our collection'. Pictured: Dame Judi Dench visiting RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2019

The 85-year-old actress was first compared to the Trust's 17th-century tapestry workbox (photo)

The 85-year-old actress was first compared to the Trust's 17th-century tapestry workbox (photo)

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 environments in which the 85-year-old found herself. In the photo: Dame Judi in Mrs. Brown

Each exhibit was detailed and color-matched to the different outfits and environments the 85-year-old found himself in. In the photo: Dame Judi in Mrs. Brown

Fans raved when she was compared to this Julia Domna headpot

Fans raved when she was compared to this Julia Domna headpot

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)

Dame Judi (pictured with a rose named after her on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2017) is herself described as a 'national treasure'

Dame Judi (pictured with a rose named after her on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2017) is herself described as a 'national treasure'

The thespian was compared to a Victorian floral wreath (photo) from the Trust's collection

The thespian was compared to a Victorian floral wreath (photo) from the Trust's collection

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 lightest comparisons was that of Dench in the animated film Cats (photo)

One of the lightest comparisons was that of Dench in the animated film Cats (photo)

Her role as Old Deuteronomy has been compared to the look of an 18th century cat dummy plate (photo)

Her role as Old Deuteronomy has been compared to the look of an 18th century cat dummy plate (photo)

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 wore a striking black and gold outfit when she arrived in 2016 for the 40th annual Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House, London (photo)

Dame Judi's wore a striking black and gold outfit when she arrived in 2016 for the 40th annual Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House, London (photo)

And this ensemble bore an uncanny resemblance to an Ormside bowl (pictured)

And this ensemble bore an uncanny resemblance to an Ormside bowl (pictured)

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 who brought a pastel green ensemble (photo) to a screening of Victoria & Abdul in 2017

Dench who brought a pastel green ensemble (photo) to a screening of Victoria & Abdul in 2017

And it looked incredibly like a 19th century arsenic dress (photo) housed in the museum

And it looked incredibly like a 19th century arsenic dress (photo) housed in the museum

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 infuriated when the York Museum Trust thread referred to Judi Dench's character in Shakespeare In Love (pictured)

Twitter users were infuriated when the York Museum Trust thread referred to Judi Dench's character in Shakespeare In Love (pictured)

The comparison was made with Ann Stokes' fish ceramics (photo) which is currently under the care of the museum

The comparison was made with Ann Stokes' fish ceramics (photo), which is currently under the care of 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)

SIR PATRICK STEWART

Spurred on by its success, the Trust soon followed suit with another 'national treasure', Sir Patrick Stewart (pictured)

Spurred on by its success, the Trust soon followed suit with another 'national treasure', Sir Patrick Stewart (pictured)

The raising of the hand was similar to that in a 'blessing parson' made to protect against evil spirits (photo)

The raising of the hand was similar to that in a 'blessing parson' made to protect against evil spirits (photo)

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 (photo in 2007) was treated to his own comparison of seven objects

The 80-year-old thespian (photo in 2007) was treated to his own comparison of seven objects

His mustache has been compared to a Victorian Valentine's Day card with real hair (pictured)

His mustache has been compared to a Victorian Valentine's Day card with real hair (pictured)

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 took a standout position for his role in A Christmas Carol, in which he lifted a stick over his shoulder (pictured)

Stewart took a standout position for his role in A Christmas Carol, in which he lifted a stick over his shoulder (pictured)

The pose was repeated through one of the museum's landmarks by Laurence Burt (pictured)

The pose was repeated through one of the museum's landmarks by Laurence Burt (pictured)

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 (pictured together in 2020)

Fans raved when fellow actor Sir Ian McKellen snuck into the wire alongside Sir Patrick (pictured together in 2020)

The actors were compared to a Roman jet pendant (photo) that belongs to the museum's collection

The actors were compared to a Roman jet pendant (photo) that belongs to the museum's collection

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 the one involving the headgear Sir Patrick wore in X-men (pictured)

One of the more bizarre comparisons was the one involving the headgear Sir Patrick wore in X-men (pictured)

The unique look has been compared to a portrait of Lady Francis Fairfax (photo)

The unique look has been compared to a portrait of Lady Francis Fairfax (photo)

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)

There was also a reference to Sir Patrick's purple attire donned in Star Trek (pictured)

There was also a reference to Sir Patrick's purple attire donned in Star Trek (pictured)

The ensemble has been compared to a 1920s Easter egg currently managed by York Museum Trust (photo)

The ensemble has been compared to a 1920s Easter egg currently managed by York Museum Trust (photo)

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)

Reference was also made to one of Sir Patrick's more bizarre outfit choices - a lobster suit (pictured)

Reference was also made to one of Sir Patrick's more bizarre outfit choices - a lobster suit (pictured)

Compared to this Victorian handcrafted model made of crabs (pictured)

Compared to this Victorian handcrafted model made of crabs (pictured)

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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