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Did you know that some of our beautiful objects can be ‘adopted’?   We thought you would like to read what two of our volunteers have to say about the objects that have become ‘theirs’…

Volunteer Maggie Hunter adopted the Frank Brooks painting Mrs Ridout and the Coombe Express

“I have said “Hello” to Mrs Ridout, nearly every week since I started volunteering, about 12 years ago.  It is about 3 miles between Salisbury and Coombe Bisset, and she always looks ‘content’, walking home. Rumour has it that she and the donkey consume a lot of beer on the way!”


Volunteer Rodney Targett adopted a man’s embroidered silk waistcoat c1775

DSC00022 “The embroidery on the front, and the fact that one can see it has been worn, that it was made for the Earl of Derby in the eighteenth century, and that I wear waistcoats a great deal (currently thirty in the wardrobe, some as decorated as the late Earl’s) all contribute to my choosing to adopt that particular costume. Also, I deplore the modern way we wear clothes in public that once we would have kept for gardening, or used as cleaning cloths. The majority of men now do not appear to dress for the occasion. “Dressing up” is one way of showing respect for others and for institutions. This waistcoat indicates a more elegant way of living.”