Heritage Volunteers

The Arden Heritage Volunteers group is longstanding and over the years has undertaken many varied and worthwhile conservation projects.

The group is currently working with the Textiles Conservation department of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery where they are engaged in the painstaking conservation of some fine 17th century crewel work bed hangings from Aston Hall, which was one of the last great Jacobean houses to be built and is Grade 1 listed.

An article on the project appeared on page 52 of the autumn edition of The Arts Society Review which is the position the team are now in as the Aston Hall hangings project  has been temporarily stopped. This is to allow  the team to continue with the work involved in preparing and mounting a number of late 19th early 20th century costumes for a touring exhibition to America, working title, “Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement”. 

Paintings, glass, decorative arts by makers such as Rossetti, Hardman and Co., Burne-Jones, William Morris etc. – and “our” costumes – will travel in 2018 to places such as Oklahoma, Seattle, Memphis and the Yale Center for British Art under the aegis of the American Federation of Arts, a non profit making organisation set up to promote the arts.  

The volunteers are Lesley Cooper, Annmarie Elliott, Heather Jones, Sheila Stones, Audrey Warne  and  Sheila Williams.

The image (above right) shows a detail from one of the bed hangings.