Our Museum Director Zara Matthews popped in to the Higgins Bedford to see the new Aragon Lacemakers exhibition ‘Keeping Lacemaking Alive’.
It was fascinating to find out how important lacemaking was to Bedford, and how it became an important source of income for poorer families. Now often enjoyed as a hobby, the Aragon Lacemakers are keen to keep this traditional skill alive. I was drawn to a beautiful butterfly, the fine lacework expertly reflecting this delicate creature.
Meanwhile at the Panacea Museum our exhibition ‘Linen & Lace’ showcases the domestic linens and lace items from the museum collections. Ensuring a well-laid table and a well-made bed were essential duties to the Panacea members, and they kept and cared for each members’ belongings, ready for their return at the Second Coming of Jesus.
See both exhibitions, the Higgins Bedford is a 2 minute walk from the Panacea Museum, both museums are free entry. https://www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk/Home.aspx