Last Thursday saw another happy and productive workshop; preparation for the museum’s Tudor Christmas. In total, more than twenty Volunteers were involved over two days last week, some attending both days.
We don’t want to give away too much, but beautiful foliage, mouthwatering ‘food’ and gorgeous hangings were produced. Please put 14 December in your diaries now!
The Lecture Hall buzzed yesterday as Volunteers responded to the call to help with the museum’s plans for a Tudor Christmas. The conversation flowed as willing hands attempted everything from sewing, to papier-mâché, working with salt dough and arranging greenery. Many arrived with concern that they had no great skills to share, but quickly became experts at making ‘pies’, ‘biscuits’ and decorations. We have some budding pastry cooks among the men! And Tudor Roses began to emerge in every size.
Non-stop tea, coffee and cake were enjoyed, as was the company. We hope some of the Monday team will be able to come back on Thursday – they seem keen – and we hope to welcome more of you. Please come along, any time between 10am and 4pm, and stay for an hour or as long as you like.
We particularly need needleworkers as the Tudor Roses, of which we need a great number, take the longest to complete. Mary Crane has kits which Volunteers are welcome to take away (but please bring the completed Rose back!).
JOIN US: THURSDAY 3 OCTOBER 10am – 4pm
If you have seen the museum’s latest programme you will know we are planning a Tudor Christmas with a special day on 14 December when there will be falcons and food, music and costume. And reindeer. The museum will be decked out with holly and ivy and other good things and the King’s Room will boast a Tudor feast.
Planning and collecting and making are already under way but this is a Volunteer project and we need your ideas and your help.
On Monday 30 September and on Thursday 3 October there will be all-day workshops in the Lecture Hall 10am – 4pm
Volunteers are invited to come along for an hour, or a half day or all day and help with one or all of the following:
Making Tudor Roses
We need dozens of these to hang from windows, bannisters and anywhere else, to decorate the corridors of the museum, the staircases and the King’s Room itself.
To those of us who do not sew they may look difficult but I am assured they are not! Seamstress Extraordinaire, Volunteer Mary Crane, will advise this group. The roses can be made in a variety of sizes. Come and start one to take home and finish later, or pick up a pattern to attempt at your leisure over the coming weeks, or stay, and enjoy tea and biscuits and company.
Greenery and table decorations
Supreme Artist Sophia Sample will be leading a group putting together greenery and table decorations.
Some items will be to dress windows, like this one, but simpler, and smaller decorations are also needed. If you are a flower arranger, or most definitely not, but would like to try, this might be for you.
Food, glorious food
This is a challenge, because we cannot use real food or other perishables! We are using whatever we can to produce a realistic looking, and historically accurate meal. We already have a boar’s head underway (Volunteer Sarah Brumfitt) but need pies, tarts, biscuits, sweets, jellies (how do you make a fake jelly????)
During the workshop we will be producing salt dough items and experimenting with polystyrene. Volunteer Caroline Lanyon, who has real theatre experience, will be on hand to help
If you have ever envied the children their half-term activities in the Lecture Hall, now is your chance! Be prepared to knead dough, use pastry cutters, paint and sprays….and please come with your ideas.
- Please come appropriately dressed for whichever activity you would like to join in with.
- We will have some tools and other equipment but if you plan to sew, it would be a good idea to bring your own scissors.
- Making items from salt dough and polystyrene will involve saws, knives, etc. Please do not attempt these activities if you are concerned about this.
- Tea and coffee and biscuits all day. You might like to bring your own picnic lunch or pop out to the cafe whenever it suits you.
Please come. See you there!
It is 1519 – The King’s Room at Christmas
In December, we hope to transport parts of the museum back to Tudor Times.
The King’s Room will be laid for a ‘banquet’. There will be birds of prey, costume, music, story-telling, a celebrity, mulled beverages, real food – and reindeer.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Last year we had a wonderful response to our request for hoards-themed decorations for our Christmas tree at St Thomas’ Church. This year we hope you will help us decorate the museum!
We will be holding sewing ‘bees’, foliage arrangement workshops and craft sessions in the museum (dates to be announced). Come and enjoy company, trying new skills, or resurrecting old ones. Tea, coffee and biscuits supplied.
If you prefer, work from home using templates and instructions which we will supply, or come up with your own ideas and designs, using genuine Tudor themes.
Learn more at a brief introduction following the Collections in Focus talk on 17 September, or read the Volunteer blog on the museum website for updates. More posters with further news will also be displayed in the Volunteer cloakroom and rest room.
Tuesday 17 September: Collections in Focus talk
Museum Volunteer Rosemary Pemberton will be giving a talk entitled ‘Pitt Rivers: Museum Director and Entertainer at Rushmore’, which will explore how Pitt Rivers had another vision for his large estate, aside from the archaeology. He was committed to public education and collected thousands of items from English ceramics to Benin bronzes for his museum at Farnham. He put on entertainments at the ‘Larmer Grounds’ as inducements. Using some documents from Salisbury Museum archives, this talk will look at another aspect of this interesting man and what happened to his land and collections after he died.
Thursday 17 October and Tuesday 22 October: Volunteer Coffee Mornings
Adrian Green, the Museum Director, will be giving a talk entitled ‘Salisbury Museum for Future Generations: Heritage Fund Success’. Come along and hear about our exciting plans to re-develop the museum following our successful bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund. We would also love to hear what you think about our proposed plans.
There is no need to RSVP for either of the above talks. Please just turn up on the day.
Did you miss this? Shame! Never mind, it may return one day………
Discovery Tuesdays for Families have continued throughout August. The chance to climb the Monolith on 13th was perhaps the most remarkable. English Heritage and colleagues from Stonehenge were here to talk to people about the real monoliths on the Plain. On 20th we welcomed artist Emma Kerr, whom we will meet again in the autumn. She led the Selfies and Sitters workshop and was ably assisted by Volunteer Mary Crane and others.
Today it is Archaeology Animation with Matthew Dean.
Thank you to the museum for these extraordinary opportunities and to all Volunteers who help make them happen.
Earlier in the summer Volunteers were again invited to join University of Southampton students in producing art work inspired by the annual excavations at Old Sarum. Here are some of the results…
(Click on any of the photos above to enlarge)
On Thursday 18 July Volunteers joined a walk around Wilton and the Wilton Estate on the trail of artist, and soldier, Rex Whistler.
It was the 75th anniversary of his death, on the battlefield in Normandy.
Volunteer, Linda, who has loaned us this photograph and who arranged for the plaque which you can see, writes this:
“In the morning the guide, Margaret, gave us a great insight into how important Wilton was and how many historic places are hidden in its streets. We finished the morning with visiting Edith Olivier’s grave. She was not just an important person in Rex’s life but a very important lady in the town of Wilton, so it was with great sadness we viewed the terrible state of her memorial in the grounds of the beautiful Italianate Church.
But of course the highlight of the day had to be actually walking where Rex walked and being in the garden of Daye House. Yes, we were transported into the paintings in the corridor. You could almost imagine Rex looking out the window and doing a quick sketch of this large group of people from the museum, probably giving us all mortar boards and gowns with his sense of humour.
A really memorable day; thank you Bridget for organising this.”
We welcomed the de Caversham household…
Romilly and The Outside…
…and other friends old and new.
Thank you to:
Ancient Wessex Network; Blast from the Past; College of Chivalry; Historic England; Friends of Clarendon; Salisbury Cathedral Education; Tim Lowe; Alex Langlands and team; Wil Partridge (FLO); Kate and Wiltshire Scrapstore; World Heritage; Chris Elmer (Southampton University); The De Caversham Household; The Outside; WARG (Society for Winchester Archaeological and Local History); Weorod; Wessex Archaeology; Wessex Museums Partnership; The Rifles Museum; Cranborne Chase Area of Natural Beauty, and, for their earlier ‘dig’, Phil Harding and Lorraine Mepham. Also thanks to Tony Wheeler (Tony of the Gate), the Cafe, our neighbours in the Close, people of Salisbury area and visitors from afar.
Thanks also to speakers, staff and Volunteers who worked tirelessly to make The Salisbury Museum Festival of Archaeology 2019 a happy, wonderful (literally) occasion.