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Wool Catcher

wool catcher : dream catcher

Dream Catchers are used to encourage only good dreams for those that sleep under them. They’re usually placed over the place you would sleep, so that the morning light shines on the catcher when you wake.

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Gallery of Wonder on Tour video

Science, art and wonder…

The Gallery of Wonder on Tour exhibition at the Powburn Show 2015 was a great success.

It surprised visitors who had expected a traditional country show with dog trials, wrestling and jam-making with a “showground curiosity” from the past… “a black tent full of video installations, and taxidermy and all manner of strange and engaging things!”

Wow! That’s the reaction we’re looking for!

Funded by Arts Council England, Berwick Visual Arts, Newcastle University’s Institute for Creative Arts Practice and Northumberland County Council, the Gallery of Wonder on Tour exhibition aimed to encourage questioning of relationships between art and science, gallery spaces and museums.

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Master craftsmen at Hedgeley

An account given by Robbie Hall in 1980

My grandfather, Robert Hall was born at Brandon White House in 1813. In 1825 he was apprenticed to James Stewart (for six years) who was a shoemaker in Powburn. His indenture, which we still have in the family, is interesting in that it lays down rules for both Master and Apprentice:

“The Master shall teach the Apprentice all he knows of the art and business of shoe-making, and also shall find and supply sufficient meat, drink, washing, lodging and all other necessities during his apprenticeship. The Apprentice shall undertake to faithfully serve, his secrets keep, do his lawful demands gladly, shall not waste or lend his Master’s goods to anyone, shall not buy or sell without his Master’s leave and shall not enter Taverns, Inns or Ale Houses, and shall not play Cards, Dice or any other unlawful game…”

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