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How old? Vintage toilet roll believed to be the oldest in the UK competes for museums award

The toilet roll was made in 1936 by chemist EE Russell.

Museum chiefs are hoping to scoop an award for their most cherished exhibit - an 80-year-old roll of loo paper believed to the oldest in the UK.

The toilet roll was made in 1936 by chemist EE Russell and has pride of place in the Garden City Collection museum in Letchworth, Hertfordshire.

It has now been put forward as the museum's entry in the Object of the Year Awards which celebrates the county's museums.

Collections officer, Sophie Walter said: "We decided to nominate this quirky object as visitors were often amazed it had withstood the test of time, considering the throw-away culture that surrounds us."

The Hertfordshire Association of Museum Awards 2019 sees all manner of objects nominated ranging from a vintage toilet roll to Samurai Armour.

This year's awards ceremony will be held on the 6th December and last year's 2018 judges will be returning to select the winners for the 2019 awards.