Dates for your diary
We reopened the Museum again on on 1 May 2017. We will close at the end of September.
We will be open for Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. We will also be open on Bank Holidays.
The opening hours will be 12.00 - 4.00 pm on weekdays, and 10.30 - 4.00pm on Saturdays.
Demonstations: These are the dates when we will have spinners and/or weavers at the Museum showing off their skills and encouraging visitors to try some of the techniques.
Do come and be part of the action.
Dates in September: 2nd September, 18th September.
Children's Activity Day - 19 August. Charge of £2.00 per child.
Children aged from 7 and up (accompanied by an adult) are invited to try different textile crafts. As well as weaving, try making Viking braids, and felt badges. We have set up a museum trail too.
So still things to do and dates to chose from during the rest of our season.
Also over the August Bank Holiday weekend - Saturday 26th August and Monday 28th August.
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New Exhibition - Amelia Ray
Our treasures could easily have been other people's rubbish.
We have a new display this year of letters, orders and papers that were stashed away in a box in the roof space of a shop in High Street. Luckily Phillip Evans of Mochdre saw them as the builder was planning to throw them out, and he kept them for a few years before passing them to David Pugh - our late curator.
The documents relate to the mail-order drapery business of Amelia Ray in the late 1860s and 70s. She was running her business at the same time that Pryce Jones was establishing himself, and one can imagine that their methods were the same. Letters arrived asking for 5 yards of red ribbon or 3 yards of grey flannel, and then the orders were sent out. We have the records.
As none of this documentation survives from the Pryce Jones era, it complements our information on his life and business. It throws up all sorts of questions about supply and demand of the Victorian era.
Come and see it and contemplate life as a shop keeper in Newtown
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.
Marvel at the stitching and regularity of the quilting.
Collections Care Audit
We have just received a grant from the Association of Independent Museums to pay for a conservation expert to look over our collection and identify items that may need some expert attention. We have all learned a lot.
We have now had the report which is full of helpful advice. Now we can seek funding to carry out the work so that we make sure all our artefacts are in good condition, and we can make sure that everything not on display is stored away safely.
“Supported by the Skinners’ Company Lady Neville Charity - giving small grants to local grass-roots organisations”
We have recently had the electricians at the Museum installing some new lights and replacing the old lights with LED equivalents. It has made a big difference.
You may have noticed that we are having a 'face lift'. The windows and door of the Museum are being re-painted and the back of the building which is now white will also have a new coat of paint.
In both cases, this work would not have been possible without the support we have had from external funding.
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Supported by: Gwendoline & Margaret Davies Trust, Newtown Town Council, Newtown Local History Group, Skinners’ Company Lady Neville Charity, Community Foundation in Wales, Oakdale Trust, Bodfach Trust and the Association of Independent Museums
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