My name is Hilary Davidson, and I’m one of the curators of the exhibition Pirates: The Captain Kidd Story opening at the Museum of London Docklands on 20 may. Usually, I am a curator of fashion and decorative arts. For the last year though, my working life has taken on a nautical air. As the exhibition draws near I’m going to share behind the scenes and blog about one aspect of all the work that goes into producing a major exhibition at our museums. You know a project is going to be fun when you get to keep a picture of […]
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The story of London Tweed
So this is how the story goes. In 1826 a London merchant decides to buy some cloth from a weaver in Hawick, a town in the Scottish borders famous for its cloth production. Very happy with his order, he decides to get some more but – crucially – misreads the weaver’s dashed handwriting. Instead of ‘twill’ this Londoner reads ‘tweed’, and assumes this new cloth must take after the River Tweed which runs fast and clear through the textile areas of lower Scotland. ‘Tweed’ and not ’twill’ has been the term used ever since.
Christina Broom: A pioneering photographer
It is almost a year now since I first laid eyes on an extraordinary private collection of photographs by Christina Broom.
A starring role for the Suffragette collection
As curator of the museum’s wonderful Suffragette collection I often welcome ‘important’ visitors to the archive, captivated by the story of the women who endured imprisonment, hunger-strike and even force-feeding in their battle to win the vote.