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WEIRD and wacky collections gathered by members of the public are on show in a Merseyside museum.

Female gnomes, bags of sugar and even a collection of Action Man figures have pushed aside some of the museum's more traditional exhibits.

Prescot Museum has opened its display cases to more than a dozen collections loaned by local people and museum staff.

Curator Dave Griffiths said: 'People think museums can be a bit stuffy, but they aren't really and you never know what to expect.

'This is definitely the most colourful exhibition we have ever done.'

Mr Griffiths said the exhibition, which includes his childhood Action Man collection, has a broad appeal and has brought in a broader mix of people.

The Things People Collect exhibition is open until September 4

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MEN ONLY: Dave Griffiths and his Action men; WONDER WALL: John Hannah and his posters; GNOME SWEET GNOME: Prescot Museum manager Iain Money with a collection of female gnomes Pictures: MARTIN BIRCHALL
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 9, 2005
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