Fwd: Nottingham Museum May close -
Forwarded from the Northshield & Royal Peers Lists. Even if this isn't
your time period or country of choice - this is too valuable a resource to
lose. I'm filling out the form now...
>>>Greetings Gentle Cousins:
>>>The Baroness of Lyondemere (a Barony of Caid) reports on troubles in
>>>Nottingham. Many of us in the SCA have visited and enjoyed this museum,
>>>and it's a valuable resource. I thought perhaps I should bring its
>>>plight to the attention of others in the Knowne Worlde.
>>>Yours in needlework
>>>I spent two wonderful days this May at the Nottingham
>>>Museum of Costumes and Textiles. The curator was very
>>>helpful, and let me make an appointment to see some of the
>>>extraordinary blackwork in the Lord Middleton Collection
>>>(pre-1600 stuff . Who knew from the pictures in Digby that
>>>the blackwork was surrounded by all that whitework?). The
>>>museum is on its way to being closed. The last day for
>>>comment from the public on that proposal is July 31 of
>>>this year. I am uncomfortable pleading for a cause here,
>>>but who other than historical needleworkers would
>>>understand the hole this leaves in the fabric of
>>>accessible research sources?
>>>The proposal that is being considered by the Nottingham
>>>city council to close the museum is found at
>>>www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/museums/forwardplan you can
>>>fill in a form there, or write to any of the following:
>>>John Jackson, Chief Executive, Nottingham City Council,
>>>The Guildhall, South Sherwood Street, Nottingham NG1 48T
>>>Michael Williams, Director of Leisure and Community
>>>Services, Brian Ashley, Assistant Director, Libraries,
>>>Information and Museums, Hilary Wade, Museums Service
>>>Manager, all at 14 Hounds Gate, Nottingham, NG1 7BD
>>>The Nottingham Evening Post is also asking for your views
>>>letters&poems@... (and please
>>>include your home address).
>>>The proposal would put most of the costume and textile
>>>collections in storage, outside the city center, with some
>>>displays in the heritage sites, but the museum itself
>>>would close, the row of buildings (Georgian, medieval and
>>>Stuart) would be sold. The scattered collections would be
>>>more difficult to access, being further from the rail link
>>>(this museum is in walking distance of the train station
>>>-- the others require a car). Nottingham would lose a
>>>popular museum, with over 1 million visitors, though
>>>without the volume of some of the other museums. It is
>>>for specialists, and so is not quite the draw some others
>>>might be. The 6 period rooms with displays of clothing in
>>>context would be destroyed. The Regency room was
>>>fascinating, too, though a bit late for the SCA folks.
>>>The "almost Hardanger" piece from 16th c. Italy was a
>>>small treasure. And the blackwork... oh, the blackwork
>>>done by the ladies of the family of the first Lord
>>>Middleton, obviously done in sunlight by skillful ladies
>>>with young eyes.
>>>I've already written an opinion, and filled out a survey.
>>>I felt that those of you who plan to ever visit England,
>>>and hope to see some of these treasures, should have the
>>>opportunity to write as well.
>>>Melinda Sherbring, Los Angeles
>>>Eowyn Amberdrake, Caid