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THE MAIDEN, THE NECK AND THE MARE Harvest Traditions and Beliefs

Weald and Downland Museum
14th October 2019 – 20th January 2020

The inaugural exhibition at the Weald and Downland’s dedicated temporary exhibition space, this was MoBF’s second outing to the venue, following on from our Morris Folk exhibition of 2016.

We were thrilled to be invited back to show our collection of corn dollies, recently expanded following the generous donation of Christina Best’s entire personal collection of corn dollies and straw work to MoBF.

This was augmented by pieces made by longtime MoBF supporter, Gillian Nott and the Weald and Downlands’ Verna Bailey, who ran workshops in the exhibition space . Loans from artists Matthew Rowe and Matthew Cowan were also included, as examples of straw work’s influence on contemporary art and craft.

The exhibition programme featured a talk by Simon Costin and Mellany Robinson about the origins, methods and meaning of corn-dolly making in folk customs and rural craft.









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