A Special Visit.
Saturday 10th November 2018.
Today we had a special visitor at the Museum of Carpet. At 105 years old Gwen Palmer is the oldest Weaver in Kidderminster and today she came down to the museum to meet up with our two youngest volunteers Callum and Ella. After a tour around the museum all of the volunteers sat down for a cup of tea and cake with Gwen where they shared stories of weaving days gone by. We loved hosting Gwen and can’t wait for her to pop by again. To find out more stay tuned as we’ll be publishing an interview with Gwen.
Celebrating the Centenary.
Tuesday 23rd October – Thursday 29th November 2018
To commemorate the upcoming Centenary of the end of World War One the museum is displaying Into the Firing Line: Kidderminster during the First World War. This exhibition explores the impact the First World War had on the people and industry of kidderminster. Split into two separate parts, the exhibition documents a timeline of the events of the war and the affect they had on the town before investigating life on the front sharing letters, poems and reports from local men who were out in the trenches. Many of the letters were originally printed in the Kidderminster Shuttle in a column called ‘In the Firing Line’, all of the material shown on display is taken directly from the newspaper, of which we have original copies in our archives. The focal point of the exhibition is a montage of nearly 500 soldiers from the local area who died in the War. These images have been taken from the Kidderminster Shuttle and matched up to the names of those soldiers featured on the town’s war memorials. The details of the soldiers featured in the montage are included on sheets for visitors to look through and identify any potential relatives. In addition, the display case in the foyer area shows an original Officer’s dress uniform from the first world War.
There but not There.
20th October 2018
We all remember the poppies at the Tower of London which marked WW1 commemorations in 2014. Silhouettes are to be the abiding concluding image in 2018.
Their power lies in their ‘There but not There’ presence to remind us of life stories changed and lives lost.
KWTM is writing a blog to humanise a silhouette, which they have named Tommy Kiddy. we had the pleasure of Tommy Kiddy for one week at the museum, to find out where he is now track his journey on https://tommykiddy.wordpress.com/blog
Needle Felting Success
15th October 2018
In honour of The Campaign for Wool’s annual Wool Week (last week) the museum hosted ‘An Introduction to Needle Felting’ workshop. After an introduction from Linda Small on basic needle felting techniques and skills our crafty individuals took to the wool to produce their own individual penguins. There were small ones, tall one, big ones and extra fluffy ones! As this year was the 9th annual Wool Week we decided to adopt one little penguin (who we have named Pablo) and keep him at the museum. Check out our social media and keep up to date with Pablo’s nine little adventures round the museum. #penguininthemuseum
~it was Brrrr-illiant fun.
Heritage Bus Tour! – Hold on to you Tickets
22nd September 2018
This weekend the 22nd September two vintage bus will be embarking on a tour of the historical sites of Kidderminster. Departing from Kidderminster Town Hall the bus will visit the Living Looms projects in Stourport and Brockway Carpets ending at the Museum of Carpet. Along with passage on the Bus each ticket holder has free entry to the Museum of Carpet to be redeemed from Saturday 22nd September any day up until Christmas 2018.
*Entry to the museum valid only with Ticket.
Ikebana in the Museum.
3rd August 2018
Last week Ikebana experts Angela and Takashi Sawano staged an Ikebana demonstration at the Museum. For one morning the museum was overrun with flowers, branches and leaves all delicately molded into harmonious arrangements. Introduced in the 6th century the art of Ikebana is based upon simple linear constructions that showcase the subtle beauty of the natural world. Angela and Takashi explained their techniques and illustrated the symbolism vital to Ikebana as they constructed eight beautifully unique creations. These arrangements were later raffled off to the audience at the end of the demonstrations.
Journey to Japan with the Museum of Carpet
2nd July 2018
This summer the Museum of Carpet’s latest exhibition ‘Journey to Japan’ invites you to explore the oriental beauty of Japanese textile designs and artwork.
Feast your eyes on the extensive collection of Funpon (Ink Paintings) and Katagami (Textile Stencils) that depict the beauty of Japanese scenery, culture and mythical creatures under the warm glow of our bespoke katagami light boxes.
Alongside the exhibition the museum is hosting a variety of Japanese inspired events this summer including a Kumihimo braiding workshop, Family Theatre production and Ikebana flower arranging demonstration. In addition, throughout the school summer holidays there will be (free) Children’s Japanese arts and craft activities in the gift shop.
Grand Quilt Raffle
30th August 2018
This summer a very colourful bed quilt was raffled off as part of the Museum of Carpet Grand Raffle. Made by the members of Kidderminster Forest Quilters the quilt was inspired by an Art Deco carpet design from the Museum of Carpet archives.
The quilt was on display in the Museum from 17 March until 23 June. The final draw took place at the Museum on Saturday 25 August and our lucky winners have started to collect their prizes. Other prizes in the raffle include a cushion and patchwork bag, as well as other prizes which have been donated. Have you missed a call from the museum? If so you could be one of our lucky prize winners.
We would like to thank everyone who participated in making the quilt, donating prizes and giving up their time to make the Grand Raffle happen.