Following the tremendous success of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, the opening night of which brought 72 visitors to the War Memorial Gallery, and a further 30 leaving-certificate students, who travelled from Cork, to Tadhg Morgan’s talk the following day! The War Memorial will be presenting a number of showcases from this event, for the interest of our visitors until the end of May.
These displays include an installation by Fashion Management student, Laurence Fay. Here you can view a Battle Dress Blouse; a common garment worn by armed forces both on field and on the home front, the detail of the inside of the garment has been re-created for display on a larger scale to show the level of detail included in a basic garment.
The respect shown through the construction of this individual garment serves as an important reminder that an individual man risked his life to give the freedom we have today. The Battle Dress Blouse is presented alongside a sample of pattern construction and, of course, Vera; made from Linen supplied by Ulster Weavers, she represents the skilled female workforce that supported both the Linen and the shirt manufacturing industries.
A Cecil Beaton image, courtesy of the Imperial War Museum, shows a sailor on board HMS Alcantara operating a sewing machine. This image not only emphasises a central make-do and mend theme which relates to the popular ‘Strictly Come Darning Workshop’ earlier this month as part of Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.
The workshop run by Education Officer, Jenny Haslett, was attended by 78 visitors, who experienced a lesson in darning while enjoying Jenny’s wartime music and home-made wartime carrot cake!