Parade of Ducklings

1920s. The Senghenydd Crate.


In the bottom of the Crate was found a collection of 14 preserved ducklings in various states of repair. Approximately half of them appear intact, although some display unusual plummage. The remaining half are deep black in colour and appear to have been dipped in some form of shellac or thick paint.


From notes accompanying the crate, it appears that these ducklings were part of a magic ritual conducted in the museum basement during the 1920s, when a handful of staff who sought to bring these small creatures back to life.

They didn't succeed. In the aftermath of the ritual, they were discovered by colleagues and the ducklings were confiscated.