Who could resist this cute little fellow? All the pleasure of a furry creature who's just found his nuts is written on his toothy face. As the label indicates, he's in the business of collecting...in this case money for one of our sister eyesight charities and campaigning organisations, the RNIB.
The collecting box probably dates from the 1980s. In 2007 the charity introduced a subtle but significant change to its name...instead of being a Royal National Institute 'for the blind' they were to be 'of blind people'. So boxes labelled like this one became museum pieces.
Storing our extensive collections is a bit like squirreling too, but with strict location control, administered via our computerised collections management system, we know where all our nuts are. If we didn't know already we could find out that via a quick electronic search that this little fellow is currently on display in the Giles Room in Case H. Our Chief Squirrel Keeper will be delighted to point you in his direction if you promise not to chew the exhibits when you visit.