It seems a long time ago, but reminisce with this You Tube presentation put together by talented students Erica Humbey and Hanah Turton (see their earlier blogs also).
You will have heard that we have a plan to leaflet the public during the school holidays. A timetable has gone up in the Volunteer cloakroom and we need Volunteers to join in please.
The plan is for a Volunteer to be at St Ann’s Gate and another at the High Street Gate every day between Monday 30 July and Friday 31 August. There are two shifts, one from about 11am – noon, the other from about 1.30pm – 2.30pm (a little earlier or later is fine).
The timetable is in the Volunteer cloakroom. Please sign up if you can spare an hour.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO SIGN IN AT RECEPTION, just take a basket of flyers (they are rolled like little scrolls) and make sure you tell your customers that they offer a free drink at the cafe. Lucky recipients may even get an offer of a glass of wine or cream tea!
Please return basket and badge at the end of your shift.
Our successful Festival of Archaeology shows we can beat Salisbury’s bad patch, if we work at it.
A comment sent in by a fellow Volunteer, responding to Christine Mason’s blog ‘Tate Britain’ (see 5 June):
Thank you, Chris for this encouraging, interesting and beautiful word-painting of the day you shared. It seems there was a good mix of roles represented from Salisbury and a valuable opportunity to share and learn from others within the Partnership.
PS The hospitality afforded by Tate Britain sounds just about bearable too!
Proud to be a very tiny, occasional cog. Thank you all.
Come along on
Tuesday 3 July or Wednesday 4 July 10.30am – noon.
Tea, coffee and cake will be served and the Learning Team will be giving a talk entitled: Thinking outside the classroom.
More details from Bridget: firstname.lastname@example.org 01722 332151
Another from our occasional series regarding the museum’s costume collection…
The collection is currently undergoing a complete review – each item, from feathers for a hat, to boxes for fans, babies’ bonnets and evening dresses and uniform jackets is unwrapped, checked, photographed and re-catalogued.
This photograph (above) is for cataloguing purposes only but shows us the exquisite colours and workmanship in a bodice which is nearly 250 years old.
Volunteers Anne Oaten and Prunella Notley processed this handmade item, dated to 1790, and described it thus:
The bodice of cream cotton twill is printed in a floral design of red and purple. The round neck is frilled and fastened with a button. It is shirred at the waist and has a gathered peplum. The front is fastened with hooks and eyes. The long, tight sleeves have button fastenings and piping at the shoulders which are magyar (dropped) style.
Some items in the collection are a complete surprise. Volunteer Elizabeth Turner processed something called an ‘ugly’. These were worn, in the mid nineteenth century, inside a bonnet brim, to shield the eyes from the sun. This one is blue silk, made up of six collapsible sections, supported by cane hoops. There are ribbons to tie under the chin. Who knew?
April is here and the Big Clean is over for another year. Katherine Searle-Barnes (left – on student placement) and Heather Balston (right – a Volunteer usually seen behind a computer) add final polish in the Costume Gallery.
Perhaps we should have a captions competition for some of these photos? Allow your cursor to linger over these (above) and see what captions we did choose here…