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Go to many museums on mainland Scotland, and there are always one or two examples of these ubiquitous baskets, often, but not always, made in the Madeira style described by Liz Balfour in our blog (Oct 2015). They are usually[read more...]
Arbroath Signal Tower Museum Leith Customs House Museum, Edinburgh Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther[read more...]
Eriskay is a small island off the tip of South Uist, Outer Hebrides. Lise Bech and Kate Sankey made two creels reconstructed from an original Eriskay creel. This creel was a 20 stake creel and had a simple mouthwale start as[read more...]
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One of our main partners, the Highland Folk Museum, has recently taken on two workers to document and conserve their vernacular organics collection (i.e. biodegradable objects like baskets). The museum has taken on a documentation Assistant, Helen Pickles, and an …Continue reading “New basketry developments at the Highland Folk Museum Summer 2017”
Who else did we work with and why? The Everyday Lives at War project, based at the University of Hertfordshire, contacted us early on in our project, and asked if we would be interested in conducting the Scottish element of …Continue reading “Report – Who else did we work with and why? April 2016 and still ongoing”
Report for Woven Communities work carried out with Shetland Museum, September 2016 Shetland Museum has a unique collection of local baskets from crofting life on the islands, all well documented and linked to material in its local archive. Its collection …Continue reading “Report for work carried out with Shetland Museum, September-October 2016”
Arora Woven Communities Report Introduction The project has evolved out of initial conversations between Arora and St. Andrews University Woven Communities Project leader Dr.Stephanie Bunn. We were both inspired by the richness of narrative and material culture in the Outer …Continue reading “Report by An Lanntair on their work with Woven Communities”
This museum gives a third insight into Scottish social history through its baskets, this time east coast and fishing-based. The range of baskets in this museum and for this way of life is extensive. For use in local line fishing, …Continue reading “Report notes for events at the Scottish Fisheries Museum, June to February 2016-7”
How great it was to return to this wonderful collection, made by Isobel Grant in the 1930s. On our initial visit, Dawn and I looked through this unique collection of baskets from the Highlands and Western Isles, and they revealed …Continue reading “Report for events at the Highland Folk Museum, April to August 2016”
What a great collection they have at this museum! They have the Rintoul-Baxter collection, the best specimens of traditional baskets across Scotland collected by these two intruiging birdwatchers in the 1920s, before people in many places had stopped making them. …Continue reading “Report for events at Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride, July 2016”
8th-12th July Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride, including: 8th July Tattie sculls and ropes 9th July Horse ‘woodies’ and hairst knots 10th July Fruit baskets and punnets 11th July SWRI reminiscence event 12th July Rural heritage reminiscence afternoon …Continue reading “Dates to look out for”
We have now done all the research sessions in our partner museums – this constitutes the first stage of phase 2 of the Woven Communities project. Dawn and Steph went to the Highland Folk Museum at the end of April, …Continue reading “Report from Woven Communities 2 July 8th 2016”
You are invited to a Basketry Reminiscence Afternoon at the National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride on Tuesday 12th July 2016. Bring a Basket! The afternoon will include: a talk about baskets in rural life a basketmaking demonstration a …Continue reading “Events at the Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride”