Objects that prompt intrigue today, combining the beautiful and the macabre. The strangeness of the negative in a woodblock from a children's storybook illustration, that also reveals a glimpse of the print-maker's art. And wax mannequin heads from the early days of Platt Hall's life as a costume gallery. Just what is it about mannequins that excites such a gut response - from fascination to repulsion?
*Little known fact* - Victorian artist and illustrator Randolph Caldecott lived in Rusholme Grove, just round the corner from the Hall, while studying at Manchester School of Art in the 1860s.