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Artefacts Collection

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0369 SART
Held at: School of Slavonic and East European Studies
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Full title: Artefacts Collection
Date(s): 1944, 1980
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Not known
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

Miniature replica of Czech Crown Jewels:

The crown is named after the patron Saint Wenceslas I of the Premyslids dynasty, who reigned in Bohemia between the 9th century up to the year 1306. The original crown was made from gold and precious stones and weighs 2.475kg. It was made for King Charles IV in 1346. The royal orb dates back to the era of Rudolph II; the scepter dates from the late 16th century. The original jewels are exhibited only to mark special occasions:

Marie Curie University: commemorative tea set:

Lublin University was named in honour of Marie Curie-Skłodowska (1867-1934), a physicist and chemist of Polish origin; pioneer in the field of radioactivity who discovered Polonium along with her husband Pierre Curie in 1898. She became the first person honoured with two Nobel Prizes, and the first female professor at the University of Paris.


Scope and content/abstract:

Artefacts given to the Library comprising a cup, saucer and tea plate commemorating the Marie Curie University (Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej), Poland 1944; and a miniature replica of the Czech crown jewels (c1980) including the Crown of Saint Wenceslas, royal orb and scepter.:

There is also a small enamel pin badge of the Marie Curie University:

The artefacts are accompanied by a brief multilingual description.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
Czech & Polish

System of arrangement:

2 items

Conditions governing access:

Unrestricted access. Researchers wishing to consult the archives or seeking further information should contact UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies Library, 16 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Librarian.

Finding aids:

Online catalogue available on the UCL Archives website.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Given to the Library, date unknown

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Revised by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description ISAD(G), 2nd edition 2000 and National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997

Date(s) of descriptions:
Revised Feb 2002 and Sep 2009

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