This week I was at Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum with Ronni Payne meeting Sarah Brown from CRT to discuss how RCTA and CRT might work together in the future (an exciting meeting and a report will be emailed out next week to RCTA members). After the meeting and with only a few minutes left on my parking ticket I trotted round the museum hoping that some of skills shown by the painters of the ‘roses and castles’ displayed in the cabinets might somehow be transferred to me through the glass. Wishful thinking I know, but I did spot this little stool in one of the cabinets and it reminded me of the one I saw recently in the Mary Rose exhibition in Portsmouth. The latter, made before 1545, is the oldest known example in the world. Certainly a timeless design. Andrew Mills.