Sir Henry Cole's Rat Soft Plush Toy
At 15, Henry Cole, later to find fame as organiser of the Great Exhibition began working with the records of the British government. Shocked at their poor condition he pioneered reform of what became known as the Public Record Office - now The National Archives.
A dead mummified rat, with a stomach full of chewed document, was used as evidence for the poor condition of the records and can still be viewed in the collection of The National Archives today.
Henry our soft toy rat is a much more well behaved and cuddly souvenir to take home.
Dimensions: 12cms long