Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Monday, 15 October 2012
|Miriam standing on the back steps - directly above where the concealed object was found.|
At the end of August, by sheer coincidence, I took a call from a lady called Miriam. She wanted to offer us something that she had found in her basement, sealed up behind a brick wall. One of the themes we will be looking at in the exhibition is protection of the home, and often objects sealed behind false walls relate to this idea. Objects that were concealed in houses were usually used as a form of protection from evil spirits, or to carry the spirit of a deceased relative into the life of the house. Objects including mummified cats, children’s shoes and witch bottles have been found bricked up inside old houses. Children’s shoes were even found to have been concealed in the original construction of the Sydney Opera House.
|The (now re-built) wall that had been concealing the cauldron in the basement.|
|The Chapeltown Cauldron - LEEDM.E.2012.0518|
|Miriam and Namibia at Abbey House Museum, September 2012|
Thursday, 11 October 2012
Today two groups of school children, from Temple Newsam Halton Primary School, visited Temple Newsam House for a workshop about chair design and construction, part of their Design Technology studies. Back at school they will be designing chairs having been inspired (hopefully!) by what they have seen and learned. Here I am comparing and contrasting the construction of Windsor type chairs, with frame construction using both examples from the collections at Temple Newsam House, and items I have made. The materials and tools used were included too. Afterwards the children went around the house looking at chairs, drawing and thinking about chair design. I am looking forward to seeing their ideas and designs!
Conservator, Furniture and Woodwork, Temple Newsam House
Tuesday, 2 October 2012
'All You Need Is Love' a celebration of love & commitment
The Community History Team has been working on a film project with a selection of local couples from different backgrounds to explore the theme of love and commitment. The project has focused on the rituals and traditions associated with different unions, faiths and cultures. Our five couples have been interviewed and filmed at home talking about their individual stories of 'courtship' and ‘tying the knot’.
Here are a couple of images from the five film shoots we did with Digifish Media Productions:
There will also be a display of paintings on the community corridor on the theme of ‘Enduring Love’ curated by local artist Marcia Brown and her students.