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Firstly, a Very Happy New Year to one and all!
We wanted to share the latest batch of Morris Figures that arrived at the end of least year. We are hoping to be able to show the collection again in 2017, so will post news of this as soon as we have it. Meanwhile huge thanks to all these teams for all their hard work on creating such wonderful characters for the ongoing Morris Doll Collection.
We are delighted to be able to show a short film we have had commissioned by the talented young film maker, Tom Chick. The film outlines why the museum project is of importance and that we are now actively looking for funding, having completed our two year exhibition programme. The film features, among others, the historian Professor Ronald Hutton, Katy Spicer, Chief Executive of EFDSS, and the author and design critic, Alice Rawsthorn, to whom we would like to extend our thanks for their time in taking part.
Should anyone know of any interested parties, likely investors or ambassadors for the project, please pass on a link to this page.
We are delighted to present this short film made by the team at Christie's, South Kensington.
On the 2nd August almost 700 people came along to the Christie's Late evening to celebrate our exhibition, The Ballad of British Folklore. We were delighted with the turn out as people queued to have their books signed by photographers, Homer Sykes and Henry Bourne, listened to Sam Lee singing some songs from his new album, 'The Fade in Time' and made Green Man masks with Rob Flowers, as the Boss Morris troupe kept the crowds entertained. We would really like to thank the whole team at Christie's South Kensington for all their support and hard work hosting the evening and to all the people who came along with offers of help, we very much appreciate it. The show runs until 2nd September, 2016.
The doors open
Simon Costin and Henry Bourne in conversation
Some of the many Morris Folk on display
Some of the museum's costumes
Haxey Hood by Alec Doherty
All pictures by Jonny Dredge apart from Pixelsonpage which is Barry Pitman
Rob Flowers Green Man mask making class
Mask making for all ages
There is much excitement as we prepare for one of the largest exhibitions we have ever mounted. This summer will see Christie's auction house, in South Kensington, London, host an exhibition charting the history of the museum project to date and looking forward to it's future. Fireworks, photography, costumes, contempary artworks and Morris Dolls, will all be on show in an exhibition which is free for all to attend and runs from July 25th until September 1st. For full details see our post in the exhibitions section of the website and visit here for more information -
As part of our exhibition of Morris Folk at the Weald and Downland Museum, Simon Costin, the museums director, will be giving a talk on the history of the museum and our plans for the future. We hope to see you there.