Lace & The Guild's Collection
THE Lace Guild’s collection contains over 16,000 objects — lace of all kinds, bobbins, shuttles, netting needles, threads and much more — all recorded on a database. It is looked after by the Honorary Curator, Gwynedd Roberts, and a team of volunteers. The collection became a Registered Museum in 2001 — this is a national listing recognizing that the Guild is following certain guidelines for recording and care of the artefacts in its possession. In 2009 it achieved Accredited Museum status, further recognition that the Guild is following guidelines for good working practices and for recording and control of artefacts.
The collection is stored in drawers, boxes and cupboards in the committee room at The Hollies. Small items are placed in conservation-quality transparent bags in drawers according to the type of lace. Larger items are stored in boxes of an appropriate size, and also go in the special bags unless they are too large, in which case they are rolled in acid-free tissue paper. Other conservation measures are UV-film on the windows, and lavender bags to deter creepy-crawlies. The temperature and humidity of the room is also monitored regularly.
You are very welcome to visit the museum to look at and study the lace and other artefacts — you do not have to be a Lace Guild member. A Museum Curator will be on hand to identify lace or give information on lace when the museum is open from 10am to 3pm on the following Saturdays in 2015:
It is hoped to open The Hollies on the first Saturday of other months but as this depends on the availability of volunteers please check before you travel. The proposed dates for 2015 are March 7, April 4, June 6, July 4, September 5 and October 3. Entrance is free to members. Non-members are asked for a donation.
It is also possible to visit at other times but as this depends on a volunteer being available, it is necessary to make an appointment beforehand.
Displays of lace from the collection are held in the Exhibition Room at The Hollies from time to time, interspersed with displays of lace from other sources.
The Gallery page of this section of the website features different lace from the Museum collection, the selection being changed every six months or so.