The Blitz has a lasting impact on what we know about the collections now at World Museum. In the decades that followed the Blitz curator’s unpacked hundreds of crates and rediscovered objects they once thought had been lost in the fire.
Working out the history of this Ancient Egyptian Redware pottery offering table in the form of a so-called 'soul house' is typical of the sort of detective work museum curators did after the Blitz. Some of the museum’s archives did survive the war. In the files it noted that in September 1907 the museum received 5 soul-houses and 3 soul-house fragments from the British School of Archaeology in Egypt. Only this one survived the Blitz. By a process of elimination this object, left without a number in the chaos of the Blitz, was reunited with its history.
This time consuming process of reconnecting objects to their histories still goes on today.