Sunday, May 24, 2015

BBC 24 hours in the workhouse.

I just watched BBC's 24 hours in the workhouse.

http://bbc.in/1AdILAI

Look out for mentions of 'grogram' fabric and also the protective eyewear.
" Stripped of their belongings and identities, wearing the workhouse uniforms and rough wooden clogs, the time travellers, now inmates, are put to work. In a world of no rewards, only punishment, the workhouse master and matron punish anyone who dares break the rules and regulations."



Board game ideas - portable museum - workhouses of Whitehaven


I'm working on ideas for a board game - the front flap of the Workhouse portable museum folds down flat - this is where a board game might be placed.  The subject of the portable museum is quite serious and many sad stories are emerging - with a few glimmers of hope as the fab archivists at Whitehaven keep researching and send stories north.
So for a bit of light relief, a bit of fun for a board game .  
Document from the Whitehaven Archives and Local Studies Centre. http://www.archiveweb.cumbria.gov.uk/CalmView/default.aspx
 
Research for commission from Cumbria Archives at Whitehaven for a portable museum - inspiration - Whitehaven Workhouses
 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Paint effects.

 




Document from the Whitehaven Archives and Local Studies Centre. http://www.archiveweb.cumbria.gov.uk/CalmView/default.aspx
 
Research for commission from Cumbria Archives at Whitehaven for a portable museum - inspiration - Whitehaven Workhouses.

maps, clogs and bobbins


Scotch Street workhouse was built in 1743.
Detail from an 1830's map.
 
The first of may layers of paint - to 'age' it .
 
And inside the box - a pair of childrens clogs,
 


                        And bobbins
 
I'm still experimenting with possible layouts and paint effects.
 
 
 Clogs were purchased on e-bay!!
 
Document from the Whitehaven Archives and Local Studies Centre. http://www.archiveweb.cumbria.gov.uk/CalmView/default.aspx
 
Research for commission from Cumbria Archives at Whitehaven for a portable museum - inspiration - Whitehaven Workhouses.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Workhouse Clothing - Whitehaven Workhouse

I'm still searching for evidence of what the uniform was like in the workhouses of Whitehaven. 

A couple of clues here perhaps.

This link shows George Mitchell, a regular in Whitehaven Workhouses, asleep in a wheelbarrow and a park bench.  http://www.whitehaventimes.co.uk/peoplea.htm

And look at the clothes in photos of men  from the same time, in workhouse uniform from Tonbridge c1910.  Is it the same as George is wearing?
http://www.workhouses.org.uk/life/uniform.shtml
This is a page from the Whitehaven Union Workhouse admission and discharge book - date 24th December 1907 - listed second name from the bottom, George Mitchell. There is a mark in the section 'Class for Diet' - no 2. Infirm.

Document from the Whitehaven Archives and Local Studies Centre. http://www.archiveweb.cumbria.gov.uk/CalmView/default.aspx Research for commission from Cumbria Archives at Whitehaven for a portable museum - inspiration - Whitehaven Workhouses.

Portable museum in the making - Workhouses of Whitehaven

 



Panel images starting to come together. 

Document from the Whitehaven Archives and Local Studies Centre.
http://www.archiveweb.cumbria.gov.uk/CalmView/default.aspx
Research for commission from Cumbria Archives at Whitehaven for a portable museum - inspiration - Whitehaven Workhouses.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A metal box.

 
 

 
 
Joe has finished making the metal box, inspired by documents relating to workhouse in Whitehaven Archives and Local Studies Centre. 
 Complete with secret panel in the top drawer (see below how to open it but don't tell anyone!!)


 Now it's over to me for images, text, artefacts, to 'age' the box and add a section of a map on the lid - Workhouse Whitehaven - Scotch Street.
 
Document from the Whitehaven Archives and Local Studies Centre.
http://www.archiveweb.cumbria.gov.uk/CalmView/default.aspx
Research for commission from Cumbria Archives at Whitehaven for a portable museum - inspiration - Whitehaven Workhouses.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Bobbins

These bobbins arrived in the post - they were made at Stott Park Bobbin Mill in Cumbria - thank you!! 

 "...this extensive working mill produced literally millions of wooden bobbins vital to the Lancashire spinning and weaving industries.
The story of the Bobbin Mill is brought to life with a brand new exhibition. Visitors can also see the journey from tree to bobbin first hand during production on the original belt driven machinery. A hands-on family trail helps visitors to imagine what it was like to work at the mill.
Although small compared to other mills, some 250 men and boys (some drafted in from workhouses) worked here over the years in often arduous conditions to produce a quarter of a million bobbins a week. .."

Some of these bobbins will feature in the portable museum about the workhouses of Whitehaven, as there's many references to boys at the workhouse being apprenticed out to bobbin mills in the area, although I couldn't find any reference connecting Whitehaven workhouses to Stott Bobbin Mill,  I imagine the set-up and conditions being similar.  It's wonderful to find such a mill still in use, even as a museum. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stott-park-bobbin-mill/

clogs


These were made by my great uncle Bob Doran, he was a cobbler in Preston Lancashire. They're my mums clogs, she used to wear them when she was about 18 months old.   The two families lived next door to each other.

With many references to clogs,  cobblers, clog and  boot makers  in Whitehaven archives connected to the workhouses, I've ordered the components for making a child's clog from http://www.clogs.co.uk/ to go inside the portable museum.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Inspired by the eye protection issued by workhouses for men breaking stones.

Joe made this pair for the portable museum - workhouses of Whitehaven.  Click here to read the court case they were mentioned in - 3 men from Whitehaven workhouse refusing to work.

 Click here to see a photo of original eye protection goggles.


Components for making a child's clog and a few wooden bobbins are other objects for the portable museum drawer - inspired by workhouse apprenticeships and lists of items purchased by the workhouse at Whitehaven.


Documents from the Whitehaven Archives and Local Studies Centre. http://www.archiveweb.cumbria.gov.uk/CalmView/default.aspx

Research for commission from Cumbria Archives at Whitehaven for a portable museum - inspiration - Whitehaven Workhouses. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sound - portable museum - Workhouses Whitehaven

I've been reading many sad stories about the workhouses of Whitehaven,
and thinking about whether to include sound in the portable museum or not.
The nursery section of the Workhouse Hospital. Photograph taken at Christmas time.
Date 1920s  Whitehaven Workhouse.  Document no: YDX 400-85
Even when in the workhouse, families were split up into different section of the building. Here's a few recordings of children and women crying  I listened to.  Too distressing and just too creepy?

Click here for sound 1.

Click here for sound 2.

Click here for sound 3.

Document from the Whitehaven Archives and Local Studies Centre.
http://www.archiveweb.cumbria.gov.uk/CalmView/default.aspx
Research for commission from Cumbria Archives at Whitehaven for a portable museum - inspiration - Whitehaven Workhouses.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Oslo Stitch - detail - Nalbinding - for clothed by plants exhibition later this year - blue iris leaves - home grown.


Have you guessed what these are for ??

Ok,  a clue, the're inspired by a newspaper report  in the Whitehaven News in 1899. 

Work-in-progress - not quite finished. They'll be in one of the drawers of our portable museum all about the Workhouses of Whitehaven.

Document from the Whitehaven Archives and Local Studies Centre.
http://www.archiveweb.cumbria.gov.uk/CalmView/default.aspx
Research for commission from Cumbria Archives at Whitehaven for a portable museum - inspiration - Whitehaven Workhouses.

Friday, May 1, 2015

A portable museum in the making - Whitehaven Workhouse

 The metal box is nearly finished - I'm starting to experiment with different layouts for the panels.  These first prints are draft quality on thin paper - sometimes an image looks great on my computer, but when I add it to the panel on the actual box, it becomes clear were I need to make changes.  It needs to look bold and enticing, balancing each side of the box too. The final designs will be printed on durable canvas then stuck to the metal panels.  This part of the process could take time to get right.  And then there is the text to add under each flap.  Many decisions to make, but it's looking ok so far.

Document from the Whitehaven Archives and Local Studies Centre. http://www.archiveweb.cumbria.gov.uk/CalmView/default.aspx
Research for commission from Cumbria Archives at Whitehaven for a portable museum - inspiration - Whitehaven Workhouses.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

William Lewellen, age 15 of Whitehaven - Whitehaven workhouse 1856

William Lewellen, age 15 of Whitehaven to Daniel Fisher, owner of the Fly of Harrington to serve apprenticeship in sea service 1856. (born 1841).

Document no  SPUW/13/12  at Whitehaven Archives and local studies centre.



  James Fisher and Sons est 1847 are they connected?
 
 

Joseph Brownrigg Candlish, age 14, of Whitehaven

Joseph Brownrigg Candlish, age 14 of Whitehaven to John Cowman, owner of the Scipio of Whitehaven, to serve apprenticeship in sea service in 1856.

Born c1842 document no SPUW/13/10

http://www.archiveweb.cumbria.gov.uk/CalmView/WebResource.axd?d=HnPTctdsO92FuwtGmBKe_QOGK08gd6-PyV949f7R8EDg5JK8ciFLDZgZJJt0PsKSzNm1frHhiJCVAIwTLn43QLRR6YAQySO7JScWxqWi5ofEhcPp0&t=634216535141909810
Whitehaven Archives and Local Studies Centre.

 
Clara Candlish, Circa 1870-1874 Clara Candlish was born circa 1870,  to Joseph Brownrigg Candlish and Elizabeth Jane Candlish (born Moore).
Joseph was born in 1844, in (Workhouse) Whitehaven, Cumberland.
Elizabeth was born circa 1850, in Liverpool, Lancashire, England.

Clara had 8 siblings: John William Candlish, Elizabeth Jane Robinson (born Candlish) and 6 other siblings.
Clara lived in 1871, at address.Clara passed away in 1874, at age 4.
 

Baptism: 5 Oct 1879 St John the Baptist, Toxteth, Lancashire, England: Ada Mary Candlish - Child of Joseph Brownley Candlish & Elizabeth Jane
Abode: 86 Harlow Street
Occupation: Dock Gateman
         
Baptism: 6 Nov 1881 St John the Baptist, Toxteth, Lancashire, England:  Grace Candlish - Child of Joseph Brownrigg Candlish
Abode: 86 Harlow Street
Occupation: Dock Gateman 
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