An introduction to working with costume collections

On a bleak January Monday Vicki, Sue and Harriet, well wrapped up against the cold, ventured down to Blaise Castle House Museum in Bristol to learn about working with costume collections. Blaise Castle, a folly dating from the eighteenth century, could just be made out above the line of bare winter trees but we resisted…

Review of the Year Part 3: What can be seen in 2015?

In the last of our blogs looking back at 2014 members of the team have picked their personal highlights. We have also chosen a selection of projects and events that we are particularly looking forward to in 2015. “2014 has been a great year at Snowshill and I have had many highlights.  At the top…

Hurricane Bertha comes to Snowshill

Bright sunny weather is high on the list of ingredients in the mix for a perfect day out at a National Trust property. When visitors are asked how their enjoyment of the property could be enhanced, they often chastise us for dishing out dreary rain clouds. Personally, I think Snowshill Manor is the perfect place…

Who was Fred Hart?

Paul has been busy at the Gloucester Records Office. He has written the following post after discovering lots of records relating to Commander Fred Hart. One of Charles Wade’s best friends was Fred Hart, or to give him his full title Lieutenant Commander Frederick Philip Hart R.N. The volunteers cataloguing Wade’s papers at Gloucester Archives…

Finding Out About World Cultures Collections: part two

Looking after a World Cultures Collection can raise many complex ethical issues. Taking the time to correctly identify objects and research their cultural significance leads to a better understanding of ethical ways to store and display objects. The Asante people place a particular importance on the giving of carved wooden stools. These are presented at…