Remembrance Field

Poppy Field

Congleton Museum’s Remembrance Field is now on display. Woven by museum volunteer Trish Lovell from donated plastic bags, and with poppies added by visitors, this fantastic poppy field can be seen in the foyer of the museum.

The field started life as a small sample which Trish then decided to enlarge in commemoration of WWI. With recycled plastic bags donated by Argos (blue), M&S and Spar (yellow), and Congleton Council (greens), the vista took shape over a number of weeks. As Trish wove the field on a peg loom in the museum, visitors were able to name poppies in remembrance and insert them into the fabric. All poppies were kindly donated by the Royal British Legion.

When the field was completed a banner was added with the words from John McCrae’s famous poem: ‘In Flanders fields the poppies blow’. The field was in place for Remembrance Sunday where it attracted comparisons to the Poppy Moat at the Tower of London . Trish said, ‘If people can genuinely consider that my idea for my weaving is anywhere near the league of the moat poppies, then I am highly honoured’.

The Remembrance Field will be on display at the museum for the foreseeable future.

 

Repair of Town Tapestry is complete

Tapestry

It’s finished! The Town Tapestry has been repaired, redesigned and backed in preparation for re-hanging in the Museum. It’s taken at least a year of consistent hard work to achieve this and on Monday 8th August Trish Lovell snipped the last thread!
The textile group will now have to return to is more mundane Monday afternoon activities.

Thanks to everyone, especially Trish Lovell and Mary Waller, who were members of the original tapestry group and to the museum’s textile group of Louise, Dorothy and Janet and in particular Linda Ward whose expertise on the sewing machine proved to be invaluable.

German student group

German Group

Yesterday you met Jan and Jenny, two students from Germany. They are part of a group of eight German students undertaking work experience in Congleton over the next two weeks. The whole group is pictured during a training session at the museum. While Jan and Jenny are staying with us, other members of the group are working at Siemens, Max Spielmann Photography, Victoria Mill Antique Centre and Dane Plus Housing. With funding provided by the Leonardo Da Vinci fund, local professional Jane Ash, has been bringing small groups of European students to Congleton for the past four years. The students are housed with host families in the town while they take part in vocational training courses.

Volunteers from Germany

German Students 2

We are Jenny Blaszczyk and Jan Müller, from Germany. Both of us are 19 years old. We are working at Congleton Museum for two weeks.

My co-worker Jenny and I, are translating some stories of the museum into German. We hope that we get a lot of work experience and a good cooperation with the museum.