ARTS AND CRAFT EXHIBITIONS at Alford Manor House
Elaine O’ Donnell
Exhibition at Alford Manor House
A Natural Tendency
My work as a painter encompasses many different media. I may use just oils on canvas, or watercolour on paper, combine acrylics & oils, gold leaf, texture paste, gold & copper powders, sparkle, or tiny beads, along with calligraphy and a dragonfly stamp.
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“Good Night Sleep Tight” Exhibition
curated by Alice Rowbotham
Alford Manor House presents “Good Night Sleep Tight” exhibition, an opportunity to take a glimpse into the lives of early 17th Century women through the places set aside in Alford Manor House for sleeping, in 1611. With a collection of 17th century bedroom furniture, including collections from the Geffrye Museum, London and the New Walk Museum, Leicester, the furniture is displayed, in its historical context, to show the Lady of the Manor’s bed chamber, elegantly designed to reflect her status as the wife of a wealthy rustic landowner. In contrast, view the impoverished sleeping quarters of her maids and compare the differences between them and with the place where you sleep. What has changed and what remains the same, consider furniture, comfort, privacy or the lack of it?
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ALFORD'S PREMIER PHOTOGRAPHER: EDWIN NAINBY
Rechab Nainby was born in Gedney in January 1842 and died in Alford
in July 1908. The youngest son of a Quaker he was first in business
as a photographer in Long Sutton and then in 1873 moved to Alford,
where he initially joined forces with John Starbuck in the already
established photographic business in the town. Later he acquired
full ownership, probably in the early 1880s.
Manor House is lucky to have over 750 glass plate negatives, which
are original to Nainby's studio. Most of these plates have been
digitised and are now available on this DVD. Selected images from
the plate collection along with relevant text have been used to
create an exhibition about Nainby and the images he captured.
Manor House is very fortunate to have the volunteer help of two
enthusiastic people who have done the majority of the work in producing
the raw materials for the exhibition; this totals over 1000 hours
of volunteer labour.
Sharpe has been responsible
for cataloguing and storing the plates, along with researching Nainby
(this follows on from work carried out by George and Joan Greenhill
before the renovation of the Manor House).
Hodgkinson has digitised
the plates and created this
you have any information relating to the Victorian Glass plate collection,
the archive team at Alford Manor House would be delighted to hear
from you; please contact us.
Alford Manor House also showcases a small but changing selection
of Lincolnshire based craft makers in our showcases. With jewellery,
pottery and photography there is something always a special something
for that special someone; we stock a range of artists designed greetings
For details of how to exhibit at The Manor House please contact
the House Manager.
For more details please
West Street, Alford
Lincolnshire LN13 9HT
01 507 463 073