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 .
Alan has sent us this, with reference to last week’s blog about the mystery box:
I thought readers would be interested in what the Britford Church information leaflet says about the Duke of Buckingham’s tomb. I’m also attaching a photograph of the tomb in Britford Church.
“Tomb purporting to be that of Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham, at St Peter’s Church, Britford. The coffin is shorter than normal because the body’s head is on its chest.
The Buckingham tomb against the north wall of the chancel has been held to be that of Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, who was executed by King Richard in Blue Boar Row, Salisbury, in 1483, but there are difficulties in accepting this. The tomb appears to be of an earlier style, the mouldings, finials and crockets are of a period earlier than that of the Duke of Buckingham; but the Purbeck marble slab could well be of his time. The heraldry is inconclusive. One of the shields carries the arms of the Stafford family. But it is still possible to make out a case for its being Buckingham’s tomb. He is known to have been buried at Greyfriars in Salisbury and may have been put in an old tomb chest. Both the tomb and the arch above it must have been removed at the Reformation to Britford.. The arch is not part of tomb, but may have belonged to an Easter Sepulchre. The Latin inscription was placed over the tomb by Sir Richard Hoare in 1830. the figures in the niches of the tomb are from the east.”
But is this tomb empty, as has been suggested by some? And if Buckingham is elsewhere, who was the headless man of the Blue Boar? The mystery continues….
Several Volunteers at Salisbury Museum are alumni of the College of Sarum St Michael (teacher training college based at 65 The Close until the 1970s) and we know they will be interested in news of the proposed honorary degree ceremony in Salisbury Cathedral on 2 March 2020.
If readers know of any other teachers who trained here, please pass on the information. It should be a day not to be missed.
Click here to go to the Winchester University website.
“The mystery photograph (Blog entry 3 Sept) shows part of a temporary photographic exhibition, “The Goings of the Salisbury Giant”, held in the entrance hall of the old museum in St Ann Street in September to December 1979. It was mounted by Vernon Morgan and David Cousins of the Salisbury College of Art for the Salisbury Festivities, now the Salisbury International Arts Festival. I cannot recall who it is standing next to the Giant cut-out (possibly Vernon Morgan) but in the background is Tiffany Hunt, the then deputy curator, admiring the work. If my memory serves me, the festival granted us £100 towards the cost (then considered a very useful sum). Forty years on David Cousins provides photographic support with publishing archaeological reports.”
Peter Saunders was Director of the Museum for over thirty years and retired in 2007. During this time he masterminded the move of the Museum from St Ann’s Street to the King’s House. In recent years he oversaw the establishment of the Stonehenge Gallery and the transformation of the temporary exhibition gallery. He is now a volunteer at the Museum.