An exhibition of Wedding dresses dating from the late Victorian era to the 1990’s And Memorabilia from the time of the First World War All proceeds go to the Evesham Abbey Bell Tower Appeal. Wedding Dress Display 1. 1898. Veil - fine net with stylized silver sunflower embroidery - and headdress. Kindly lent by Eileen Pullen 2. 1912 High waisted silk dress with heavy embroidery worn by donator's grandmother. Kindly lent by Jennifer Bright 3. 1933. Fine silk dress and embroidered jacket. This dress will be donated to the Almonry Museum after this display. Kindly lent by Mr Johns 4. 1934. Very fragile transparent silk which must have been worn with an underskirt. Kindly lent by Wendy Martin 5. 1930's. fine silk crepe with clever bias cutting. Long and short gloves, stockings and extremely fragile veil. The groom worked for Gordon Russell and the dress will go to the Gordon Russell museum after this display. Kindly lent by Tricia Clarke 6. 1936. Blue rayon dress with lace shoulder inserts. Kindly lent by Mary Cave. 7. 1936. Heavy blue crepe with hand embroidered full sleeves. Matching hat. Dress was shortened to be worn at other occasions. Photo was taken 6 months after the wedding as none of the wedding photos came out. Kindly lent by Eileen Pullen 8. 9. 1938. Heavy cream lace buttoned from neck to hem with plain silk under petticoat. Kindly lent by Louise Thompson 1939. Silk damask high necked dress. Kindly lent by Mrs Whitelaw 10. 1941 Grey fine wool dress with cream silk trimming and matching hat. Kindly lent by Jennifer Bright 11. 1948 Silk button through and belted dress. Kindly lent by Yvonne Hampson 12. 1950 Full skirted figured satin and lace. Kindly lent by Sue Hall 13. 1955 Handmade heavy satin dress in deep cream. Waisted with a full train. Kindly lent by Margaret Gwilliam 14. 1956 Lace dress waisted with a full skirt and pearl buttons up bodice to a high neck and collar. Kindly lent by Brian Haines 15. 1959 Beautiful heavy satin brocade with silver thread detail. Long sleeves and tiny waist going into a full skirt with long train. This dress is probably hand made by a gifted seamstress. Kindly lent by Jean Turvey 16. 1960. Full skirted dress in heavy lace with organdie detail to waist and roll collar. Kindly lent by Avis Boston 17. 1963 Figured nylon organdie with full petticoat. Scallop neck and 3/4 sleeves. Kindly lent by Pat Hill 18. 1972 Fitted bodice and A-line skirt in lace and satin with a full underskirt. Kindly lent by Sue Hall 19. 1975 White nylon fully lined with trim under bust and around sleeves. This trim was white but has turned pale coffee with age. Kindly lent by Doreen Springett 20. 1976 Pure white crepe dress with high waist and batwing sleeves. Heavy lace trim. Kindly lent by Mary Smith 21. 1981 White nylon dress with full skirt decorated with flower motifs and hooped petticoat. White satin shoes. Kindly lent by Joyce Taplin 22. 2000. Natural raw slub silk especially imported from Singapore. Fitted bodice into a full skirt with a long, full train. Hand embroidered silk panels copied from an Elizabethan pattern in gold, lilac and green. Kindly lent by Debbie Hodges. Memorabilia of the 1900’s and of World War One The nightdresses and ladies underwear were hand-made by ladies in the early 1900’s, one of which held classes to teach the young ladies of Evesham how to sew. Note the linen buttons on the garments and the all-in-one garment with the buttons on the waist at the back which allowed them to undo the buttons and let down the back to spend a penny—no elastic in those days! Chamber pot, Aspidistra stand complete with Aspidistra, an old tin trunk, a very old framed photograph of the Bell Tower, a number of very old books including a Mrs Beeton Cookery Book, wedding presents of the era—how many of these heirlooms have we all thrown away? A wonderful collection of christening robes dating from 1915 to 1961, with pictures and history of those who wore them. Some of these children were christened at this font. World War One 1914-1918 One hundred years since war was declared There are three maps which show the trenches in France and Belgium, on the largest one you will see the trench emplacements are all marked in blue and you will see they are all named. Note the pencil writing on the side of the maps giving actual battle instructions. On the smaller maps dated 26th May 1918 and 13th August 1918, the trenches are marked in red. The Field Message Book was used by the Transport Officer to order equipment, food and other supplies on the front line. (Please handle with care.) Various papers of interest relating to soldiers who served in France and Somme engagement. A Souvenir Book published in1917 by Officers and cadets who were training for their Commission at Christ College Cambridge and then at Ridley hall. This book contains many sad stories of their experiences while serving on the front line and many moving poems written at that time. (You are welcome to look but please handle with care—it is very fragile.) There are two sets of WW1 medals all of which are marked around the rim with the soldier’s name. There is also a Boer War medal. An original Christmas gift box sent to the soldiers by Princess Mary n 1914; this box still contains all the cigarettes and tobacco. (Sorry, you cannot handle his item.) A beautiful bracelet made from coins brought back from Belgium by a soldier, and given to his fiancée as a love token. A German soldier’s ring inscribed inside “Deutschland Uber Alles 1914-1916” (Germany over all). An embroidered card sent from Belgium by a soldier expressing his love to his girlfriend in Evesham. An aeroplane made from two 303 bullets. A cushion cover embroidered in France during the Mons Offensive. A toy dog made from the remains of one of the first fighter planes used in World War One. A clock made from the end of a propeller from the remains of one of the first fighter planes used in World War One. Binoculars, spurs, Sam Brown belt, swagger stick, regimental badges, photographs and stories, etc, of Evesham soldiers who served in World War One. Finally, the Borough of Evesham—Order of the United Service of Thanksgiving for Peace, Sunday 6th July 1919. Our thanks go to all those people who have so kindly loaned us their treasured possessions, mannequins, etc without which this exhibition could not have taken place. We hope you have enjoyed your visit here today which has taken many hours to prepare, the purpose of which is to raise money for the Bell Tower Appeal Fund. Your donations will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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