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Spiral staircase, Rotunda Museum, Scarborough

Wouldn’t it be marvellous to spend Christmas in the Rotunda Museum? This week’s object is a part of the building – a splendid spiral staircase in the central space, where the treasures of this Victorian collection are held. Portraits, specimens, fossils and archives all looking down on you as you devour a good book.

As one of the world’s first purpose-built museums (opened 1829) it is part Hogwarts, part Professor Emelius Browne’s library. And the next time you’re in Scarborough, it’s well worth a visit.