One of our Trustees, John Perry, has arranged for this wonderful uplighting which will adorn the museum frontage until the new year.
If you haven’t seen it, it is worth coming out in the late afternoon to enjoy the effect.
John has been working with Southampton-based company Evolve Technical Services from whom we have hired the lights and who have done a very efficient job. They have also been very generous with the museum.
If you have been in to the museum recently you will have seen it beginning to be transformed, forward in time to Christmas, and back to Tudor times.
Volunteers are in the museum each morning, before opening time, to start putting the decorations up. Sophia Sample and Sally Brown have been paramount in creating the green swags, table and window decorations. Mary Crane and an enormous team of stitchers have produced Tudor Roses which now find their moment, as you can see…
A regular contributor, Alan Crooks, has sent us this:
“This is a fascinating piece by Alex (see ‘Clarendon’ from last week). Perhaps this is a good point to post this photograph of a model of the palace made for Mary (one of the ‘friends of Clarendon’) by her son for a Mother’s Day. This has been displayed at the Museum in the past. “
This lovely lace (or is it crochet?) Remembrance poppy has appeared from amongst the Tudor roses which Volunteers have been contributing for our Christmas display (end of November, beginning of December). We don’t know who made it! If it was you, or you know who made it, please let us know.
Just published is a novel written by one of our volunteers to give to Salisbury for the 800th anniversary of its founding in 1220. Elias: a story of the founding of Salisbury – the cathedral and the city together – is based on historical research from the sparse source material available. Sue Allenby is also able, however, to draw conclusions from other architectural projects with which Elias of Dereham was involved, as well as from all that would have influenced the lives of those people in the story.
Sue writes this novel with real and imagined characters, their outlook and thinking distinctly thirteenth century, showing that the resilience and optimism of this lovely city was there right from the beginning. The museum’s own drainage collection is a testament to life in the medieval city, and the crafts and skills and willingness to innovate is celebrated today in the Salisbury gallery in our museum. The King’s House itself, of course, is a significant part in the history of The Cathedral Close. Together with the cathedral, the museum will benefit from profits from the novel.
Sue Allenby at the recent launch of her novel.
A wonderful undertaking and generous gift to cathedral and museum!
Cleggett, from Wessex Archaeology, will be giving a fascinating talk entitled ‘Wonderful
things: the army basing programme and the Stonehenge Landscape’. This is a
repeat of the wonderful talk that Simon gave at this year’s Festival of
Archaeology. For five years, Wessex Archaeology has
excavated Bulford, Larkhill and Tidworth in preparation for the Army Basing
Programme. International media has followed the discovery of henges, a
causewayed enclosure, Neolithic pits, prehistoric burials, Anglo Saxon burial
grounds, a WWI practice battlefield and WWII anti-tank devices. Simon’s talk
details the revelation of some truly wonderful things.
There is no need to RSVP for either the above talk. Please just turn up on the day.
I recall the excited reaction of those who attended this talk at ArchFest in July. A brilliant speaker and thoughtful and sensitive archaeologist… If you didn’t hear Simon speak then, grab this opportunity next month.
Looking forward to our Tudor Christmas? There will be falcons, costume, the ‘feast’, decorations and music. If you would like a taster of the latter, you might be interested in the late Tudor/early Baroque music by Maniera,Wednesday 30 October, part of Celebrate Voice in Salisbury.
The Wilsons Piccolo Theatre, to be set up in Guildhall Square, 25 October – 2 November will bring us everything from opera to jazz, A Cappella to folk music.
Maniera is fronted by Sophie Brumfitt, daughter of Salisbury Museum Costume Volunteer Sarah Brumfitt. Sophie is a well-known singer of period music. Together with two colleagues, who will perform on period instruments, the work of Barbara Strozzi, a daughter of early 17th century Venice.
For Volunteers with very old links with 65 The Close (ex-students of The College of Sarum St Michael), we have this request from our contact:
” If you haven’t already registered and are experiencing any difficulties with the process could you please try to contact Winchester University by email in the first instance (not by phone). They have their own graduation ceremony over the next two weeks and are obviously very busy with that. Also they have asked us to remind everyone that the number on the back page of the brochure is incorrect. It SHOULD be 01962 827561. The recipient of the wrong number is receiving large numbers of calls and is of course unable to help. Many thanks”
The deadline for Registration is the end of November. Please don’t leave it too long!
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!
Alan Crooks has received the following email concerning the Netherhampton Plague Stone about which he, Alan, wrote some time ago (see blog post 4 December 2018).
”Dear Mr Crooks,
I came across your item about the above on the internet, and realised that I have this stone. In 1986 B.T. replaced the telegraph pole in the lay-by opposite the drive to Salisbury Golf Club Drive (Roman Road) on Netherhampton Road . In so doing they either snapped off or toppled the stone. For a short time it lay on the ground at the side of the new pole. When walking my dogs I noticed that it had an Ordnance Survey Benchmark carved into it. At the time I was doing some work for a local O.S. surveyor and he told me that the O.S. had been informed and that he had been instructed him to go to site and strike out the benchmark as the datum level line would no longer be usable or accurate, the O.S. do not replace these if they become disturbed. I assumed that the stone was put in place by the O.S. and was no longer in use, so I collected it and brought it home.
Having seen your article, and the others by Chute and Alison Kidd, I now know the history of the stone , and would very much like to return it to it’s rightful place at Netherhampton . I will send a photo of the stone, or you are welcome to call here and see it. If you have some idea of who to contact to arrange the return I would be most grateful.
As a point of interest there is a stone in the front garden of a house in Lower Bemerton that may have had a similar purpose . I mentioned this to Ann Trevett when I spoke to her, research may be a work in progress .