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.
Amongst our Costume Collection are a variety of dress accessories, including handbags…
They all have a story; fashions may have changed, but most early examples are just beautiful to look at. And knowing how they were made is sometimes jaw dropping!
We will explore some of the stories, and who were the famous owners of some of the bags, another time. Meanwhile, enjoy a sample.
All these bags and purses date to the mid 19th century and are therefore nearly two hundred years old. This one was manufactured in such a way as to have a three dimensional pattern on it. This isn’t printed fabric, there are rectangular cells all over the surface.
This gloriously blue bag has an outer ‘shell’ created from thread made from grasses!
This elegant bag is velvet and the foliate decoration is made of tiny slivers of horn.
And finally for today, an ingenious purse. It is made up fabric cut and sewn in a single sausage shape, with sliding rings which can form and separate and keep secure, two pouches for coins. It could be held in a simple way, in the hand, wrapped around the wrist, or tucked into a belt. Why doesn’t someone re-invent it for youngsters who don’t know what to do with their handbags on the dance floor…?
Thank you to the Costume ladies, who promise more on this later.
Costume Project Volunteers are invited to come along for a project catch-up and tea, coffee and cake on:
Wednesday 20 November from 2pm til 3.30pm.
Katy England would like to discuss the exciting next steps with the ‘Look Again; Discovering Centuries of Change’ project. There will also be an opportunity to discuss other costume cataloguing issues.
Please can you let Bridget know if you are able to attend.
Adrian Green, Director, will be giving a talk ‘Salisbury Museum for Future Generations: Heritage Fund Success’ on Thursday 17 October and Tuesday 22 October at 10.30am, and there will be coffee and cake too!
The future of the museum is important to us all and the exciting plans to develop the museum after our successful bid to NLHF will affect all Volunteers. This will be an opportunity to share thoughts and ideas as well as hear plans.
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!
We are selling them for 50p per packet and have sold six packets already
They are really good for the bees
The seeds were cut by the garden volunteers
The envelopes are old pay packets which the museum doesn’t use any more
They were hand decorated by the team with stampers from the
The labels were hand written by the team onto sticky labels which we don’t use in the office any more. So, this makes the hollyhock seeds hand packed, in artisan seed packets to raise money for the museum, to make your garden pretty and help the bees!
The Lecture Hall buzzed yesterday as Volunteers responded to the call to help with the museum’s plans for a Tudor Christmas. The conversation flowed as willing hands attempted everything from sewing, to papier-mâché, working with salt dough and arranging greenery. Many arrived with concern that they had no great skills to share, but quickly became experts at making ‘pies’, ‘biscuits’ and decorations. We have some budding pastry cooks among the men! And Tudor Roses began to emerge in every size.
Non-stop tea, coffee and cake were enjoyed, as was the company.
We hope some of the Monday team will be able to come back on Thursday – they
seem keen – and we hope to welcome more of you. Please come along, any time
between 10am and 4pm, and stay for an hour or as long as you like.
We particularly need needleworkers as the Tudor Roses, of which we need a great number, take the longest to complete. Mary Crane has kits which Volunteers are welcome to take away (but please bring the completed Rose back!).
Henry Stafford, the 2nd Duke of Buckingham, lived at a time of great turmoil in British history and he was certainly part of that turmoil. Originally allied to King Richard III he seems to have fallen out with him, to the extent that he led a rebellion against him in 1483. One theory is that Stafford had come to hear of Richard’s murder of the princes in the Tower (sons of Edward IV) and was so shocked he turned against his king. However, other versions suggest it was Stafford himself who was responsible for the murder of the two boys.
Whatever the case, Stafford was unsuccessful in his attempt to throw over the King. He was captured by Richard and on 2 November 1483 he was beheaded in the courtyard between the Blue Boar Inn and the Saracen’s Head Inn (both demolished some time ago) in the market-place in Salisbury.
He is apparently buried in St Peter’s Church in Britford, but the tomb there, said to be his, is empty.
Meanwhile, The Salisbury Museum has a certain oak box, said to have been carved from the wood block used at Stafford’s execution.
In which case Stafford was never in the tomb at Britford at all, his skeleton being unearthed at The Saracen’s Head in 1838, together with the box.
There is more confusion, however. An early document suggests Stafford was buried at Greyfriars near present-day St Ann Street, which is more likely for a man of his standing than under the floor of an inn. in addition, there was another mysterious burial at Old Sarum which some say is Stafford.
If so, who was the skeleton, the ghost of which is said to wander Debenhams to this day…? And where is that skeleton now? And why did he have an old oak box?
Thanks to Volunteers Jean and Jane who found the box in their cataloguing and wrapping of social history artefacts, and share the story with us.
If you have seen the museum’s latest programme you will know we are planning a Tudor Christmas with a special day on 14 December when there will be falcons and food, music and costume. And reindeer. The museum will be decked out with holly and ivy and other good things and the King’s Room will boast a Tudor feast.
Planning and collecting and making are already under way but this is a Volunteer project and we need your ideas and your help.
On Monday 30 September and on Thursday 3 October there will be all-day workshops in the Lecture Hall 10am – 4pm
Volunteers are invited to come along for an hour, or a half day or all day and help with one or all of the following:
Making Tudor Roses
We need dozens of these to hang from windows, bannisters and anywhere else, to decorate the corridors of the museum, the staircases and the King’s Room itself.
To those of us who do not sew they may look difficult but I am assured they are not! Seamstress Extraordinaire, Volunteer Mary Crane, will advise this group. The roses can be made in a variety of sizes. Come and start one to take home and finish later, or pick up a pattern to attempt at your leisure over the coming weeks, or stay, and enjoy tea and biscuits and company.
Greenery and table decorations
Supreme Artist Sophia Sample will be leading a group putting together greenery and table decorations.
Some items will be to dress windows, like this one, but simpler, and smaller decorations are also needed. If you are a flower arranger, or most definitely not, but would like to try, this might be for you.
Food, glorious food
This is a challenge, because we cannot use real food or other perishables! We are using whatever we can to produce a realistic looking, and historically accurate meal. We already have a boar’s head underway (Volunteer Sarah Brumfitt) but need pies, tarts, biscuits, sweets, jellies (how do you make a fake jelly????)
During the workshop we will be producing salt dough items and experimenting with polystyrene. Volunteer Caroline Lanyon, who has real theatre experience, will be on hand to help
If you have ever envied the children their half-term activities in the Lecture Hall, now is your chance! Be prepared to knead dough, use pastry cutters, paint and sprays….and please come with your ideas.
Please come appropriately dressed for whichever activity you would like to join in with.
We will have some tools and other equipment but if you plan to sew, it would be a good idea to bring your own scissors.
Making items from salt dough and polystyrene will involve saws, knives, etc. Please do not attempt these activities if you are concerned about this.
Tea and coffee and biscuits all day. You might like to bring your own picnic lunch or pop out to the cafe whenever it suits you.
In December, we hope to transport parts of the museum back to Tudor Times.
The King’s Room will be laid for a ‘banquet’. There will be birds of prey, costume, music, story-telling, a celebrity, mulled beverages, real food – and reindeer.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Last year we had a wonderful response to our request for hoards-themed
decorations for our Christmas tree at St Thomas’ Church. This year we hope you
will help us decorate the museum!
We will be holding sewing ‘bees’, foliage arrangement workshops and craft sessions in the museum (dates to be announced). Come and enjoy company, trying new skills, or resurrecting old ones. Tea, coffee and biscuits supplied.
If you prefer, work from home using templates and instructions which we
will supply, or come up with your own ideas and designs, using genuine Tudor
Learn more at a brief introduction following the Collections in Focus talk on 17 September, or read the Volunteer blog on the museum website for updates. More posters with further news will also be displayed in the Volunteer cloakroom and rest room.