“A Stitch in Time” Weaving Workshop
The 14th and 15th of September 2013 are designated European Heritage Open Days, organised by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.
The Museum recently purchased two reproduction 16th Century tapestries which hang in the Banqueting Room at Bagenal’s Castle. They depict hunting scenes which would have been popular in the 16th century.
Taking inspiration from these tapestries the workshop, conducted by Jude Cassidy, will include a short talk on the history of Irish weaving and the linen textile industry.
There will be a demonstration of a table loom and participants will be given the opportunity to weave on the loom and work on individual weaving cards. Jude will on hand to answer any questions on a one to one basis.
In addition, there are temporary displays which further highlight the rich heritage and culture of the region including the exhibition “The Performing Arts in Newry and Mourne”.
The exhibition examines the development of performing arts in this area from the 18th century to the present day and the music and drama societies and personalities associated with this growth.
The temporary exhibition “Brotherhoods and Friendly Societies” is also open to the public. This display looks at the growth of fraternal and friendly societies in this area highlighting their diversity.
Throughout the exhibition the vibrant and colourful regalia and memorabilia on display reflects the many common characteristics of lodges, symbolism and rituals, some dating back to the Middle Ages.
If you would like to hear more about the history of the area there is a free tour of the Museum every Sunday at 3pm. Numbers are limited so please book. Pre-booking of places is advisable.
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