Each year the Guild exhibits pieces from its Collection in the Beryl Dean Gallery located at Discover Bucks Museum, Aylesbury. We are extending the 2023 exhibition Blooming Threads – 400 years of embroidered flowers into 2024. There are several reasons for this. Given the disruption to train travel in 2023 this allows time for more of us to see the exhibition which everyone is telling us is well worth the visit. Secondly our curator Will Phillips moved on to pastures new in November last year. Discover Bucks is in the process of appointing a new curator who will need time to familiarise themselves with the Collection and put together a new exhibition. The extension has been welcomed by Anne Haigh, our trustee leading the Digitising the Collection project as all Collection pieces need to be photographed and having the storage area dedicated to this process means our photographer, Ian and the team can maintain their work pace without interruption. Unpacking, inspecting, preparing, labelling, photographing, updating Modes (the Collection’s registry system) then repacking and storing back in the right place needs concentration and all the space available in the storage room.
We hope to exhibit items from the Guild Collection at the Knitting & Stitching Shows in October in London and November in Harrogate. More details to come in future Bulletins.
Blooming Threads delves into the Guild Collection to reveal fascinating and inspiring examples of stitched flowers – both modern and historical – from around the world. More details and a short video from Will highlighting his favourite pieces from the exhibition can be found here: https://www.discoverbucksmuseum.org/whats-on/embroidery-gallery/
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