Your Brilliant Bird Bags

If you missed out on the opportunity to participate in the rescheduled free adult craft activity ‘Brilliant Bird Bags’ on Saturday 6th September, here are some pictures of what you missed out on!


The bags in the making!

Moulding Wool Around Resist..

Creating A Design..

Almost ready!

Ta Dah!

Sarah’s favourite!

These seamless bags are stunning made without any sewing at all. Quite clever really! Watch out for a flock of bird bags wandering around Trowbridge and across Wiltshire or even beyond.

Why not come along and see the exhibition before is finished on Saturday 27th September?

Be inspired to make your own ‘Brilliant Bird Bags’ at home, then send them to us via twitter @TrowMuseum.

If you are interested in bringing a group of adults or students for a craft activity please do get in touch with Sarah Jane Kenyon, Exhibitions & Arts Officer on 01225 751 339 or email to discuss what we can offer!

All photographs were taken with permission from participants.

Cranes Migrate From A Beaded Flapper Dress

You may have noticed by now that Jan rather like making birds!

Cranes have long legs and rather long necks. Apparently there are fifteen species of Crane in four genera. Some Cranes migrate over long distances others do not.

Have you ever seen flocks of Cranes and wondered why?
Well, this is because during the non-breeding season they are being gregarious!

The dippy Cranes on display in Mockingbird are fairly close copies of those on a wonderful embroidered flapper dress from the Museum’s archive collection.

Believe it or not, in the 1920s “Flappers” were a new stylish youth of women. You would have noticed this new look about town; young women with short bobbed hair, makeup on, smoking and even listening to Jazz or going dancing.

This 1920s flapper dress (TRWBM: M400), on display in Mockingbird, would have been the perfect outfit for a night out dancing. It is part of The Morrison Collection and is heavily decorated with beaded birds, butterflies, flowers and a Water Lilly pond hem.

The Water Lilly pond reminds me of a series of oil paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet. Do you see the likeness?

Mockingbird encourages visitors to see the Museum collection beyond a resource for learning about the past. To see a Museum collection as surfaces with a display of construction, decoration, shape and design. To be inspired!

Why not visit the Museum to see the flapper dress close up and Jan Lane’s felted Cranes!

Be quick before they fly away!