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A treasure-trove of unseen items

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Tullie House in Carlisle, the region's biggest museum, is embarking on a big expansion plan.

The museum wants to find more space to exhibit some of its collection, which has more than a quarter of a million items.

Some of its hidden gems are being displayed for the first time in a special exhibition this month.

Toy soldiers take over Tullie House

Toy Soldiers, Tanks and Transformers are taking over Tullie House in Carlisle.

War Games is the new exhibition developed by the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood in London. It looks at the role of warfare in children's play from the 1800s to the present day.

The collection is open to the public and runs through until January.

Catherine Howell is the Collections Manager at the V&A Museum:


Dresses inspired by nature take over Tullie House

The exhibition highlights the evolution of fashion Credit: ITV News Border

A fashion exhibition with a difference has made it's nest at Tullie House.

The 17 costumes in the 'Worn to be Wild' exhibition have all inspired by British wildlife.

The costumes are shown along with their animal inspiration Credit: ITV News Border

The touring show by Kate Plumtree combines the natural world with the evolution of period dress.

Each costume has been paired with the animal that inspired it, with the museum providing the displays from their very own Natural History display.

The exhibition will be at Tullie House Museum until Sunday, 12 October.

People of all ages have already been enjoying the exhibition Credit: ITV News Border

The exhibition will be at Tullie House Museum until Sunday, 12 October.

The circus comes to Tullie House

The Mechanical Cabaret Theatre have come to the UK for the first time, and set up camp in Tullie House Museum.

The circus has come to Tullie House Credit: ITV News Border

They've brought with them the scientific tricks, toys and spectacular experiments of the Museum Boerhaave, the Netherland's state museum of science and medicine.

The Amazing Flying Reiver's automata friends have taken over the Art Gallery Credit: ITV News Border

The exhibition opens tomorrow, Saturday 15 February, with a family fun day between 11am and 4pm.

The exhibition combines modern mechanical sculptures with centuries-old physics games Credit: ITV News Border

It will run daily over the February half term between 10am and 4pm, with tickets costing £3 for adults and £2 for children.

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