May 1998                                       113

A Good Start to the Season Museum News


divers lifting bell (19kb)The Museum opened for the season on Monday, 6th April. The times of opening are as last year, that is Monday to Saturday, from 10.00a.m. to 12.00 noon and from 1.30p.m. to 4.30p.m. Evening openings will commence on Monday 25th May from 7.30p.m. to 9.00p.m.

hand-block printed patterns (8kb)There is always something new to see: this year’s exhibition is Education on Scilly, a display of photographs, Mayday and old school photographs compiled by Roger Williams, for many years a teacher at the Isles of Scilly Comprehensive school. Amongst the new exhibits is the bell from H.M.S. ”EAGLE”, wrecked on Tearing Ledge in 1707, part of Admiral ’Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s fleet. Nearby is a photograph, courtesy of Liz Heslin, of Mark Horobin levering the bell from the sea-bed in 1989. The ”Cita” exhibition will continue throughout the year and regular visitors will notice a sealed jar of Glycerine and Honey from the ”Minnehaha” (1910) and a German sailor’s knife from the ”Schiller” (1875). In the basement, a picture of a liner, painted by a keeper on the Bishop Lighthouse during the 1914 - 1918 War, has been identified as being of the ”Olympic”, sister ship of the ill-fated ”Titanic” and the ”Britannic.” In the same section are three hand-block printed patterns ”The Isles of Scilly”. These were made by Alec Walker and his wife Kay as part of their Crysede patterns at their factory in Newlyn. These avant-garde patterns were printed on silk and used by fashion houses such as Worth. The factory was later moved to St. Ives.

Steve Ottery.
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