From Frayed to Letters from the Workhouse

Lauren Brumby, Curatorial Assistant at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse talks us through the installation of Lorina’s samplers in the exhibition ‘Letters from the Workhouse.’

First Dave and I pulled down the multicoloured image and installed these large black and white panels. This photo is of the elderly women’s ward at Thetford Workhouse around the same time that Lorina would have been at Great Yarmouth.

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Then we installed the three text panels, these are all about how rare the samplers are, what we know of Lorina’s life and what she tells us about living in the workhouse.

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We had prepared as much as we could, but the week in between Frayed closing and us reopening was crunch time. Once the case had been delivered we donned our paintbrushes and it was time to turn pink grey!

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Then on Friday the samplers arrived! Here is Debbie Phipps, Textile Conservator carefully unrolling them into the case.

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Me getting the label ‘just right!’

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Dave installing the lid to the case.

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One of the last jobs is to get the light levels right. They have to be low to protect the fabric.

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Ta da! All finished. We wanted Lorina to speak for herself through her samplers and hopefully we have achieved that.

Come and see ‘Letters from the Workhouse’ on at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse until Sunday 1st June.

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One thought on “From Frayed to Letters from the Workhouse

  1. Katie Booty

    I visited ‘letters from the workhouse’ today and found it utterly captivating. Well done for all your hard work installing the exhibit. I was lucky to find this blog, on returning home i popped Lorina Bulwer in the search engine hoping to find out more, and here i am. Im sure there would be tonnes of visitors that would love to read this, i hope they find you too. I plan to spend this evening reading it all!!!
    Katie Booty x

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