ARTEFACT OF THE WEEK: Today’s artefact depicts a ceramic bed warmer coloured brown and beige with a stopper on the top. Donated in 1977, it was previously used at the Patea Hospital. This bed warmer is an example of slip decorated earthenware marketed under the name ‘Langley Ware’ and produced by the pottery firm of Lovatt and Lovatt which was established at Langley Mill, Nottinghamshire. The company started in 1895 and came out of the firm Calvert & Lovatt. In 1931 the company changed their name to Lovatt’s Potteries and in 1959 were bought by J Bourne & Son (Denby). If you know more information about this artefact that would be useful for our catalogue, contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or email@example.com, Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki Heritage Collection, with reference to: 1977.116.1.