An Impressive Achievement

The Abbey Church is a very special place, not least because its beautiful stained glass windows. The windows are a large and significant collection dating from the 14th to the 20th century. Some of the most famous are those consisting of fragments originally from Winchester Cathedral’s Lady Chapel.

One of the problems associated with items of such a venerable age is the need for conservation and repair. In 2004 leading glass conservators Gerry Cummins and Jill Stehn of Eumundi examined the stained glass collection and compiled an inventory of the conservation requirements and the cost involved. This amounted to a substantial sum and Museum staff set about finding means of raising the necessary funds.

Fundraising for stained glass conservation

Conservation of individual windows was undertaken as funds become available; through donations and various fundraising efforts. The Abbey Museum Friends undertook the task of raising the funds required specifically for the Winchester Windows. From 2009 to 2012 we held “Walk for Winchester” where participants were sponsored to complete a ‘pilgrimage’ from Sylvan Beach on Bribie Island to the …

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Pilgrim Badge Abbey Museum

Medieval Pilgrim Badge Donation Excitement

The Abbey Museum recently received a generous donation of a 14th century Pilgrim Badge of St Thomas Becket. A pilgrim badge, like the suit of armour also acquired this year, has been on the Museum’s wish list for a number of years as they represent an aspect of medieval life not previously represented in the collection.

Pilgrim Badge – Tourist Souvenir of the Middle Ages?

Pilgrimages were an important part of life in medieval England, and individuals were expected to make at least one major journey in their lifetime. Market stalls often lined the entrances to shrines, and here pilgrims could buy a variety of souvenirs such as badges and small vessels known as ampulae. This badge is in the form of St Thomas Becket and is one of a well-known series of badges that are miniature copies of the 14th century, life-sized, mitre-bust reliquary of St Thomas in Canterbury Cathedral. The badge would have been worn on the hat or outer clothing and would have been used as an amulet. The supposed miracle-working powers of the reliquaries that …

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Antique, Vintage or Just Plain Old?

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

Indeed this statement is so true! Have you ever heard the stories of the families that had a special item at home that they were absolutely SURE would make them an overnight millionaire because it belonged to great-grandmother Betty who said it was a special antique family heirloom?

Well great-grandmother Betty had told grandmother Mary, who told her daughter Amy, who then told her niece Natalie it was special and had been in the family for generations. Natalie then took it to be appraised and discovered (to her horror) that it was indeed in their family for generations, but was worth absolutely nothing apart from the knowledge it was special.

So how do you know that your old family antiques are actually antiques and not just… old?

What is an Antique?

Today everything seems to be called an antique!

Generally speaking, an antique is any work of art, piece …

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Vikings – Common Myths and Misconceptions!

Who were the Vikings?

With the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology’s  Viking Family Fun Week fast approaching, I started thinking about which costume ideas my kids would find most appealing. Of course, me being a stickler for period accuracy, I decided to head to the internet to find out more about the Vikings and how they lived..

For over three centuries, the shout of ‘Vikings!’ struck fear in the hearts of men, women and children. But the seafaring Norsemen (who we call Vikings) were so much more than just raiders and savages. They were excellent farmers and through using their sailing skills they established elaborate trade routes and settled in many of the lands they plundered.

 

True or False?

1. Vikings Spent all their time Raiding

False! It seems a bit crazy, but while the Vikings did raid (it was an excellent source of income) most of the Vikings were farmers! They herded cattle, goats, sheep and pigs, and planted barley, rye, oats and …

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‘Raffle’ Some Feathers: A Picnic at Pemberley

Let’s Get Raffling!

Let’s face it: a raffle is the way to go if you desperately want that special Regency tea-set for a fraction of the cost!

There are some absolutely gorgeous Regency themed goodies out there that we all want to get our hands on, but ‘Oh the cost of such finery’! It really makes you wonder whether bread and butter staples for the next 3 months really is the greatest idea.. Fortunately, The Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology is hosting their annual Picnic at Pemberley event, on Saturday the 10th of September! There are many stunning Regency items up for grabs for as little as a $2.00 ticket in a glorious raffle of Regency themed finery!

You can buy your raffle tickets online before A Picnic at Pemberley, or on the day! The Raffle will be drawn at the Picnic at Pemberley event, and winners will be notified by email if they are not present.

A …

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Picnic Hampers at Pemberley

The perfect accompainment to the Picnic at Pemberley;

A delicious pre made Picnic Hamper!

We all love the amazing treats served for afternoon tea at our Pemberley event, but this year you can  indulge in a true “Picnic” at Pemberley. Why not treat yourself to a hamper full of Regency inspired food, that is packed and ready for your culinary delight?  Whether you choose to be seated on a rug, or at one of the tables to enjoy your lunch, we are sure you will appreciate feasting on the treats inside your hamper, while absorbing the Regency atmosphere created throughout the grounds of the stunning Abbey Church and Museum. Picnic Hampers can be ordered online at a cost of $25, and can be picked up when our gates open on the day, at 11:30am.

Hampers will include a range of Regency inspired goodies such as:

Red or White Wine, and Regency Cordial for Children.

Chelsea Bun or Gluten free cake.

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Your Ultimate Checklist for the Bonnet Making Workshop

A Bee in your Bonnet?

As I prepare myself to meet Mr Darcy at his annual event A Picnic at Pemberley, held at the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology, my thoughts inevitably fall upon my outfit options. What luck! I have a beautiful Regency inspired dress all ready to go and hanging in my closet. Unfortunately, last year my beloved matching bonnet was ruthlessly stolen right off my head by a crow who clearly thought it was as wonderful as I did! Now, barely a month away from possibly meeting my future husband (Mr Darcy Himself) and I have nothing to cover my hair as proper ladies do!

After a small stampede to the computer, I begin combing the internet to find the same bonnet that was stolen from me last year. After conceding that I could not simply replace my lost bonnet, I look through the Abbey Museum’s website and stumble across my saving grace: A Bonnet Making Workshop!

I believe that I am not the only victim of …

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Order of the Horse – Pemberley 2016

Horses, Cavalry, Guns and Uniforms

The backdrop set in the time of the famous Napoleonic Wars in the early 1900s in Regency style.

A time where women paraded around in regency dress and gentleman courted, escorted and swept ladies off their feet. When men were adorned in French or Anglo uniform and women worshiped their male heroes of war.

Picnic at Pemberley transports us to a time of grace where women were dressed in beautiful gowns and men a like, a time when military men of the cavalry were admired with awe. Their horses and uniforms breath taking. At Picnic of Pemberley, a small unit of heavy French Cavalry serving the Emperor Napoleon arrive at the Picnic on their horses. Women and men eye off the cavalry and their horses as they enter as guests. An armoured Cuirassier officer of the cavalry, appointed by the Emperor Napoleon, and Dragoons, display a beautiful drill on their horses in full uniform followed by …

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The White Wings Dove Service

Be carried away with the majestic releasing of the

White Doves

this Pemberley!

An integral part of our Picnic at Pemberley event is the white dove release, with the most beautiful doves from Fiona and White Wings Dove Service.

Fiona’s love of pure white racing pigeons began when she was gifted breeding stock back in 2010 from Gordon Basford, who encouraged Fiona’s son to be involved as a junior competitor in the racing pigeon sport. Gordon was also instrumental to Fiona starting a white dove release business and to incorporate turn of the century costuming. For 4 years it was only a dream until 2014, when she began working with 2 white birds she bred and trained. After obtaining more breeding birds her flock grew to 5 breeding pairs of white doves.

The White Wings Dove Service currently accepts bookings from North Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast region where it provides a variety of performances for weddings, funerals, birthdays, Mothers Day, day care centres, …

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Meet Dance Kaleidoscope!

Ever wondered who the amazing performers are at the Picnic at Pemberley? We’d love to introduce you to..

Dance Kaleidoscope!

Dance Kaleidoscope began as a performance group in 2002. It was opened by a small group of people who had attended an English dance camp weekend on Tamborine Mountain. They are based in Logan City, but have members who come from all around the Brisbane area.  This group performs at folk festivals, historic houses, birthday parties and weddings, as well as teaching dance to children in schools. The dances cover the period from 1650, when they were first published, until about 1820. During that time period, the dances essentially remained the same and are referred to as ‘English Playford’ or ‘English Country’ dances. Dance Kaleidoscope usually describe their dances to the public as the dances they see in “Pride and Prejudice” and other Jane Austen and regency themed movies. Over the last few years, the group has accepted more beginner dancers, and spend more time dancing for their own fun, as …

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