Exhibition Briefings with the Director, Adrian Green, for the Henry Lamb: Out of the Shadows Exhibition will take place on:
Tuesday 1 May at 10.30am and
Thursday 3 May at 2.30pm
in the Lecture Hall. No need to book.
On Wednesday 25 April (10.30am – noon), Richard will be presenting our next Collections in Focus Lecture: Hoards from Wiltshire, prior to our forthcoming exhibition: Hoards: A Hidden History of Ancient Britain (13 October).
If you need any more information, please contact Bridget, otherwise, please just turn up on the day. Tea, coffee and cake included.
Richard Henry, Curator of the Terry Pratchett:HIsWorld exhibition, tells us…
Terry Pratchett: HisWorld ran from the 16 September 2017 to 14 January 2018 and we are thrilled that the exhibition has been shortlisted for the Temporary Exhibition of the Year Award. It is the first time the museum has been shortlisted for the Museum and Heritage awards and highlights just what a special exhibition HisWorld was. The museum was visited by 21,067 people who came from all over the world, one visitor quit her job in Melbourne to ensure that she could visit HisWorld and meet Paul Kidby. HisWorld was even considered the perfect location for a marriage proposal and it is still my favourite photograph from the exhibition.
To celebrate the shortlisting Rob Wilkins has generously loaned the chavant and bronze busts of Sir Terry sculpted by Paul Kidby. They are on display in the History of Salisbury Gallery.
The Museum and Heritage award winners will be announced on the 16th May in London.
Congratulations to Richard and to all concerned.
Arrangements for the fourth annual Salisbury Museum Festival of Archaeology on 21, 22 July are well under way. Events, speakers and attractions will cover a huge range historical periods from possibly as early as the Stone Age to the 20th century. There will be familiar faces as well as new ones. We just hope for better weather than last year!
Mary Crane was amongst the forty or fifty Volunteers who enjoyed the Volunteers Briefing this afternoon. She writes…
At the Tuesday afternoon Volunteers Coffee/Tea Briefing, Sue Allenby gave a presentation on the Fawcett family cape which is held in the museum’s costume collection.
The collection holds items of clothing from the early 18th century onwards, given to the museum by the people of Salisbury. Among these items is a beautiful purple wool cape with cream silk Madras work embroidery and a silk fringe. The cape is dated 1868 and it was given by a Mrs Fawcett in 1934. The only other detail on its card is an address: 31 Clarendon Road.
Having done a lot of research, Sue has concluded that the most likely owner of the cape in 1868 was Millicent Fawcett (nee Garrett 1847 – 1929) who married Henry Fawcett (MP for Brighton, statue in Market Square) in 1867. Millicent was then 20 years old and a member of the Suffragist Movement (the peaceful, lawful fighters for Women’s Suffrage). It seemed a good match as Henry seconded the Bill for Women’s Suffrage in Parliament.
The Mrs Fawcett who donated the cape would seem to be Millicent’s niece, Charlotte, who lived at 31 Clarendon Road, Salisbury.
Before her marriage, Charlotte and her sister Catherine belonged to the Lovibond family, local brewers who lived at Lake House. Catherine was the founder of Stonehenge Woollens Ltd (whose blue plaque can be seen just outside High Street Gate).
As Sue said, it is important for our local history to put real Salisbury people into the clothes.
Volunteer Sue Allenby was interviewed by Radio Wiltshire about the Fawcett family cape that we have in the collection. This was part of a series of programmes on radio Wiltshire to make the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. People can still listen to the interview on iPlayer. It is on Radio Wiltshire and was aired on Monday 5 February at around 10.10-10.13am as part of the Marie Lennon programme entitled ‘Young Victims of Stroke’.
On Wednesday 31 January Kristina Broughton (Partnership Manager) came to Salisbury Museum to give a talk to staff and volunteers about our new NPO status -read on, and all will be revealed!
The Wessex Museums Partnership (Salisbury Museum; Poole Museums Service; Dorset County Museum; and Wiltshire Museum) will become one of the Arts Council’s regularly funded National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) from April 2018 to March 2022, and work is already underway across the partnership. The partnership has been awarded £1.278m to cover a 4-year programme of work.
There are 831 NPO’s across the country; and 103 NPO’s in the south west. NPO’s can cover music, dance, art, theatre, literature, combined arts, museums and libraries.
There are six strands to the NPO Business Plan that the Wessex Museums Partnership has just submitted and these relate to collections development; interpretation and display; programming; audience development; children and young people; and perhaps most important of all – resilience and sustainability.
Another aspect that the partnership is going to examine is its environmental performance – this will be audited across the partner venues and more sustainable working practices employed where possible.
The Wessex Museums Partnership will have its own website, and Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. In order to carry out the work outlined above a number of new staffing posts are to be created at the four partner museums.
I am sure that you will all agree that this is a very exciting time for the Wessex Museums Partnership. The programme of work outlined is hugely ambitious but will allow each partner venue to develop further and attract new audiences and stakeholders. It will inspire more people to explore and enjoy the outstanding art and heritage of the region and to understand its significance to their lives.
*This Crown Dorset Art Pottery (see photo at top of blog), on loan from the Poole Museums Service, is the latest of our ‘Spotlight Loans’ – all part of our membership of the Wessex Museums Partnership. We see (from left to right) a Bent Lip Vase 1913, small top hat pot c1910, a two handled vase 1912 and a pot pourri holder 1911.
Did you know that if you hold Salisbury Museum Membership, you have free entry to our fellow Wessex Museums Partnership museums?
If you can make it for 2pm today you will be able to hear Sue Allenby’s talk on this fabulous item from our costume collection (see blog ‘Join Us’ below):
It is a Volunteers’ coffee afternoon (for a change!) and includes a talk from Adrian Green, Director…as well as coffee…and cake.