For the redevelopment of the Collection Gallery we are putting back on display our ‘marmite’ object. When we asked visitors for feedback on the gallery the most talked about object was this cat. For good and bad. One visitor said it was even worse than the stuffed sheep. It even sparked debate with one visitor telling everyone else to leave the poor cat alone!
Mummified Cats are occasionally found concealed within the walls and roofs of old cottages. It is thought that cats were placed in buildings as foundation sacrifices.
This cat was found in 1983 during renovation work of a fifteenth century house at Thetford under the threshold of one of the doors. This location suggests that it was buried as protection for the building. The builders refused to continue work until the cat was replaced!