HASLEMERE DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS SOCIETY
A member society of NADFAS
H E R I T A G E
NADFAS Heritage Volunteers help to conserve our British heritage, working as stewards and guides, helping with preventative conservation and in non-specialist but vital ways caring for both public and private collections. Without the help of Volunteers, some of these would undoubtedly deteriorate to such an extent that they could be lost forever. Basic training courses are given by professional conservators in a variety of fields.
Bottom left: Address by Mrs Roscelin Rees, HDFAS President.
HDFAS PROJECTS current and ongoing
PALESTINIAN COSTUME FOR JULY 2017
CHANGE OF COSTUME on the Tailor's Dummy at the Museum: August 2016
The first costume to be displayed in 2015 was a red cotton Indian over–robe – an outstanding example of hand stitching, with cream floss silk satin and herringbone stitches
Three teams of Volunteers continue to help in the museum galleries by maintaining and polishing the display and glass cabinets on a regular basis. They carry out the work every other Monday throughout the year. The glass cabinet containing the Egyptian Mummies is usually the one that needs the most attention in order to remove sticky little finger prints. This project is in its twelfth year and will continue to be undertaken.
Following on from the restoration of the banner at St. Christopher's church, undertaken in 2006 (see below), two further projects were completed in December by members of Shalford DFAS. Judith West and Jane Woolley have painstakingly repaired the Mother's Union Banner and an embroidered stole. The latter was originally made in about 1905 in London for Lord Blythswood, Rector of Stockcross, and was given to Cmdr Reverend William Graves R.N. on the occasion of his ordination. The stole was donated to the church by his daughter in 2010.
HDFAS donated £200 to the Haslemere Museum to go towards the restoration of a series of 5 paintings known as the Hindhead Murder Paintings. Previously privately owned, they were acquired at auction in 2009 and generously donated to the Museum by the Winter family.
Painted by a pub landlord named Pearson, in the late 1800s, the oil paintings tell the story of the meeting between an unknown sailor and three fellow sailors, in 1786, who agree to journey together over the desolate heights of Hindhead. The paintings depict the four men stopping for a drink at The Red Lion at Thursley, the murder of the unknown sailor by the other three, their capture at The Sun Inn in Rake and subsequent execution by hanging. A fifth scene is of three devils flying above what is assumed to be the Devil's Jumps, three conical shaped hills near Thursley. The pictures are of different sizes but framed as a set in the same type of frame.
Courtesy of the Museum, below are photos of the five paintings.
Below is a close-up of the third in the series which features the moment when the three criminals are apprehended.
Copyright of Haslemere Educational Museum. Reproduced courtesy of Haslemere Educational Museum
In 2006, HDFAS donated funds to the Museum for the conservation of a christening robe and hat.
A further donation of funds was made in 2007, to go towards the conservation of a painting of local interest by George Gordon Byron Cooper (see photograph on 2007 Gallery page).
Below are photos of the banner and of the needlework.
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