Leamington Spa Museum
Our Volunteers have been working at the Museum since 2004, and, of the six original volunteers, two are still regular members.
Here’s what they have been doing over the past couple of years in their own words.
2018 – We began the year with a new project. In the store, there were many boxes of Victorian fashion plates requiring cataloguing. We began by sorting them into categories: accessories, men’s fashions, women’s fashions and children’s fashions.
Each one required an accession number, a description of the scene and a photograph taking of it. These would take a considerable amount of time and it was decided they would be revisited in between other projects.
In March, we were involved in the preparation of a quilt for an exhibition on WW11, to be held at the Art Gallery in the autumn. We were asked to design the quilt to cover a small hospital-style bed, similar to the ones which volunteers would have made for the recuperating soldiers during the war.
Our design had a central red cross on a white circular background, set on a dark blue fabric, incorporating the colours of the Union Jack. The corners had smaller red crosses and the borders were made from strips of flowered and patterned materials resembling chintz. The quilt was machined and the crosses handstitched.
In September, we began another project. Three banners were requiring repacking for storage on large cardboard rollers which were hung on cords. In addition, some smaller items were stored in a similar manner – a silk scarf designed by Terry Frost in 1993 for the Tate Gallery, a Napoleonic commemorative scarf and a tablecloth commemorating Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.
In November, we had a visit from our new Chairman, Shaun Pitt and Anne Flower, our HV Co-ordinator, when Lily explained about the work our group had been doing. She had some examples of the shawls and scarves we had recently repacked on rollers. The quilt was also on display in the exhibition.
2019 – This year we have only attended between January and March, when we were helping Sally prepare craft boxes for distribution to local schools and tracing pictures from paintings which were reproduced as colouring sheets for children. There is a likelihood of a new project in October.