News for September
It is sad to think that another season has come to an end. A successful summer for us, and we are looking forward to next year already, planning our exhibitions and making some changes that we hope our visitors will enjoy.
The highlights in the last month have included the final in our series of evening events - 'Songs of weavers. 19th century tunes and more on fiddles, flute, guitar, mandolin and whistle.' In addition, there was a talk 'Drove roads and sheep archaeology' by Cy Griffiths on the 27th September.
If you would like to read our latest Progress Report for the year April 2018 - March 2019, it is available on this link.
Tesco Bags of Help
The Museum was awarded money as part of this project in April 2019. Over the summer it has helped us to open up the Museum to some new ventures.
From June to September, a series of Taster sessions were arranged at the Museum. Experienced craft practitioners ran free small group sessions in weaving, spinning and felt-making. These were well received and we hope to offer more courses in the future.
Our second venture was to offer some work-experience to a textile student, Francesca Wainwright from the Birmingham City University. She was at the Museum two days a week for a large part of the summer, working on one of the looms. This was great as visitors could see what was involved in weaving on a large loom. Developing links with textile students is something we are keen to promote if we can find funding for next year.
Filming in the Museum
The Museum has welcomed two film crews in this past summer. We are happy for our wonderful atmospheric building to be used for this purpose, and would welcome enquiries in the future.
In February, Catrin Jones of Unigryw came to film for a pilot program for S4C on Pryce Jones and the woollen industry in Newtown.
In July, a German film crew, making a segment for a television series 'Eisenbahn Romantik' visited us. Their focus was on the link with the railways, and once again, Pryce Jones featured as he used the railway extensively for the delivery of his mail order business.
Promoting Mid-Wales - it has a lot to offer
The Textile Museum is keen to work with other organisations in the Newtown area to encourage visitors to linger longer. We are already working with the Newtown Town Council; the Oriel Davies Gallery; the Robert Owen Museum; and WH Smith who also have a museum in their wonderful shop on High Street. We are working closely with Walking Newtown too. Check out the details of the NewtownWalking Festival on 1 & 2 June.
There are plenty of other places of interest in nearby towns such as Welshpool and Montgomery as well.
More recently we have set up links with the Mid-Wales Arts Centre near Caersws.
Crimean military quilt
There is a picture hanging in the Royal College of Surgeons of a man sitting in bed sewing a quilt. His quilt was made of triangles, while the one on display at the Museum is tiny squares of densely woven worsted used in the production of military uniforms, predominantly red.
Soldiers were encouraged to take up needlework as a form of therapy for those injured in conflict and recuperating in hospital. An heirloom from the great great grandfather of our curator, this glorious woollen quilt is a reminder of the therapy of craft work. It is on loan to the Museum and is on display.
Marvel at the stitching and regularity of the quilting. We now have postcards of this picture for sale