A chance to get together, learn and understand the challenges of others?
Digital Dementia Friends Information Session
Friday 22 May 10am-11.30am
I am plotting a few different ways to get together with volunteers online and I will be in touch about other ideas in the ensuing weeks. So for those who have already attended a Dementia Friends Session, watch this space.
However I will start by offering Dementia Friends Information Sessions online. I will be able to offer sessions via Zoom (it is simple and free to set up and you do not have to have a Zoom account to be able to take part) to any volunteer or furloughed staff member who would like to take part.
Dementia Friends Information Sessions are…
…. one hour interactive presentations. The materials are provided by the Alzheimer’s Society and they have trained me to deliver them as a Dementia Friend’s Champion.
You can find more information on what being a Dementia Friend is here
It’s an interesting session which explains what Dementia is and how it effects people in a really visual and accessible way. This knowledge can be useful in all aspects of your life – in your work or volunteering you might do, and in relation to friends and family.
You can become a dementia friend by watching a video on the website, but I think that having the chance to ask questions, or have things explained in more than one way, makes it more memorable and useful. Besides which, we all need opportunities to get together at the moment!
A bit more information:
I can offer information about how to connect to Zoom for anyone who hasn’t used it before. It is simple and free to set up and you do not have to have a Zoom account to be able to take part.
Sessions will be limited to 10 participants – bigger groups are tricky via Zoom.
Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
If get more than 10 people interested, or people who can’t take part on that day or time, I will set a second date.
I have set aside an hour and a half to accommodate any trouble people may have joining the zoom session at the start and questions at the end.
First Session on offer:
Friday 22May from 10am – 11.30am
Book a place by emailing email@example.com letting me know if you want some advice on using Zoom. I’ll reply letting you know if you have a place, or if you are on the list for another session in the future.
People who have a place on the session will get a Zoom Meeting invitation the day before.
We need YOUR help! We’re starting public consultation on our exciting Salisbury Museum for Future Generations project which aims to make some key transformations at the museum. Feedback from volunteers is critical at this stage on everything from content for the redisplayed History of Salisbury galleries to your thoughts on the museum cafe and shop.
Please complete the survey at the link below and share the survey with others. We’re aiming to get 400 responses so need lots of help in spreading the word! You could win £25 of Amazon vouchers by taking part!
Mary Crane’s quiz on the Romans was short, sweet, and surprisingly difficult formost of us! Here are the answers:
Wife of Prasutagus: Boudicca
The longer mile: The modern one at 5280 feet, while a Roman mile was 4860 feet
Discovered in Colchester in 2004: A ‘circus’, for racing chariots, etc
A Retiarius had a net and trident as his weapons
Saturn appears to have been a god of just about anything reprehensible but his mythological reign was depicted as a Golden Age of plenty and peace. Amongst other, less worthy, things, he was god of agriculture. Some experts consider that the Cerne Abbas Giant may be a representation of Hercules, but I think it could be Saturn, gazing over the Dorset fields….
Alan Clarke’s mystery photograph last week was of Honeycombe Chine, Boscombe with the pier in the distance. Not easy unless you know the Bournemouth area! He estimates it to have been taken c 1920s.
There will be another mystery photo soon. Meanwhile we have another article from Alan this week.
The museum, through its volunteers, can process large quantities (thousands) of donated glass plate negatives, up to around A4 size, within a few months.
Amongst the last batch of over a thousand there was a colour one; the rest are the usual black and white. On examination, this is the only colour one of this type that the museum has.
It is made up of a number of very thin glass plates stuck together. Each of these glass plates is for one colour only, just like your computer screen, where each pixel is made up of only blue, red and green colours at different intensities. This manages to persuade your brain to see all the colours in a typical digital colour image. For these colour glass plates, the photographer would have had his camera securely mounted on a tripod, and a number of photographs taken with different colour filters in turn over the lens. This was followed by careful processing to make each plate only one colour. There would have to be no movement of the subject between the various exposures. A garden scene on a calm day appears to have fitted the bill.
This discovery led to a search of the museum’s image database to discover that Horace Charles Messer (1866-26th September 1936) started his photographic studio around 1897 at 29 Castle Street in Salisbury. Mr Messer was very much involved in the development of colour photography.
In 1910 the British Journal of Photography mentions Autochrome photographs of the lilacs of the funeral wreath of King Edward VII:
“The Salisbury Wreath to King Edward: We have already mentioned that Mr HC Messer of Castle Street took a photograph in colours by the Autochrome process of the beautiful wreath which was sent from Salisbury to the funeral of King Edward VII at Windsor. Mr Messer sent a copy of the picture to King George and has received the following acknowledgement: Buckingham Palace, The Private Secretary is commanded by the King to thank Mr HC Messer for his letter of the 25th and for the photograph of the wreath.”
Mr Messer won prizes for his photography throughout the country.
Mr Lovibond, around this time, was experimenting with coloured glass which resulted in him setting up the international company Tintometers. For many years colour measurement equipment, for use throughout the world, was manufactured in Salisbury by Tintometers. An interesting thought is, did Mr Lovibond know Mr Messer?
Salisbury people, Volunteers and regular readers, will know that the buildings which are now The Salisbury Museum were, from the 1840s until 1978, home to the Sarum St Michael College of Education (Teacher Training College).
Yesterday, past students were awarded Honorary Batchelor of Education degrees by Winchester University to mark their contribution to education. Some of those new graduates are Volunteers at this museum.
Three hundred and sixty four ex-students, and their relatives (lots of grandchildren!) and friends packed the Cathedral for what was a happy, sometimes moving, ceremony.
The oldest ‘student’ there was from the class of 1946 – the first post-war intake, and several posthumous awards were made.
The Cathedral authorities and Winchester University did a superb job. Thank you.
Well done. Congratulations. And as Chancellor Alan Titchmarsh said, with a smile, good luck in your future careers!
Congratulations, also, to Portable Antiquities Scheme Volunteer, Alyson Tanner, who graduated from Oxford University on Saturday with an MSc in Applied Landscape Archaeology. Today, she is back at her desk in the museum, identifying Roman coins!
Volunteers are invited to attend Volunteer Coffee Mornings, continuing one of our themes for volunteer talks for the year: celebrating the 800th anniversary of the move of Salisbury Cathedral from Old Sarum to its present site.
Tuesday 24 March
and Wednesday 1 April: Volunteer Coffee Mornings
Volunteer Roger Wadey will be giving a talk entitled ‘Living in 13th Century Salisbury: the lives of ordinary folk’. Roger will examine the lives of ordinary folk at the time of exceptional change in Salisbury, including the lives of peasants, specialist trades and the social landscape and marketplace in which the new city was being built.
We hope you can join us for tea, coffee and cake and to hear this fascinating talk. Both dates are the same event – so just chose one! There is no need to RSVP – please just turn up on the day.
Note from the Volunteer Co-ordinator (Bridget!): I am hoping to find a volunteer that would do a 5-10 minute presentation on an object of their choice at the end of the main talk. If you are interested in doing this please do get in touch.
From earliest times and into the Medieval period, people used pins to hold their clothes together. Ancient Sumerians and Egyptians made pins with decorated heads and then in the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans they began to use fibulae, or brooches.
This example recently came in to the Finds Liaison office in the museum for processing by the Volunteers there. Discovered by a metal detectorist, it is what is described as a La Tene brooch and falls about halfway through the history of brooches. It dates from the Iron Age, about 2 500 years ago. Brooches of this age are not unusual, but complete ones are a treat.
The La Tene material culture became widespread across Europe with a remarkable degree of standardisation. Thus this could be an import, or worn by a visitor to the country, but is likely to have been made in England.
Excavations of burials show that these were worn at the shoulder, holding together a tunic, or keeping a cloak or cape in place. Although the official description of such brooches always starts at the ‘head’ (in this case describing the coils of the spring, the pin, etc, first) and continues with the bow and ‘foot’ (in this case the curved section with the disc at the end), regular readers will know that the brooches were actually worn the other way up.
The Tudor Christmas festivities came, and went. And so did the crowds! Over one thousand visitors on Saturday enjoyed crafts, costumes, falcons, the table (not quite set for a King, but pretty good), martial arts, reindeer and friendly, happy company.
Thank you to the so many concerned in the preparation of it all – Owain Hughes, whose idea it all was; the sewing ladies; the pastry chefs and craftspeople; the decorators; the Albion Historical Falconry team; our friends from the Reindeer Centre,; the Salisbury Playhouse (for costumes); staff and volunteers; the Director (for letting us have real Tudor items on the table, and birds inside our beautiful King’s Room); David Davies who played the harpsichord beautifully and the man with the fife and drum, Jonathan Weekes!
And if there are any visitors reading this blog…….. Thank you for coming.
The decorations and table will remain on display until Twelfth Night, as is fitting.