The years surrounding the First World War saw significant changes to many women's lives, which were reflected in the clothes they wore. From the restrictive, if beautiful, dresses of the Edwardian era to the more emancipated styles of the early 1920s, a social revolution was being set in motion. Initially voiced by the suffragettes, it then accelerated during the war as women took over what had been traditionally men's roles in munitions factories, in non combatant roles in the military, notably as nurses, and elsewhere. Finally, the Representation of the People Act in 1918 gave the vote to some 8.4 million women aged over 30 who met minimum property qualifications.
To mark this anniversary, the Museum has mounted a small exhibition of clothes which represent these changes - from an elegant ensemble from the early years of the 20th century, to the much looser and freer dress styles which emerged in the 1920s. Highlights include an extravagant hat decorated in suffragette colours and an eye-catching cycling outfit, which stands in contrast to the more severe ensembles worn by working women during the war years, including a nurse's uniform of the time.
The Museum is not without its own challenges, however. This lovely Grade 1 listed building is experiencing necessary renovation work which is restricting the ability of the Museum to mount a full scale exhibition. Instead, one large room will be open until the end of September. The exhibition features ensembles with supporting accessories, and a display of photographs from the period provided by the Totnes Image Bank. The Museum's shop will be open as usual. The exhibition will therefore be open by donation rather than a set charge, with all the money raised going to help keep this little gem of an organisation going.
The Totnes Fashion & Textiles Museum is open daily from 11am – 5pm, Tuesday – Friday until the end of September. With some uncertainty surrounding building work, it is strongly advised that visitors check the Museum website to confirm that it is open, before setting out. All opening details, plus information on talks, regular articles and updates can be found on the website.
Summer is here at last! 6 weeks of sizzling summer fun at Pennywell with your favourites plus NEW ENTERTAINMENT!
All the animals to meet of course, rides, play and activities makes for full days of summer fun. What will you find pond dipping? Which piggy will win Pig Racing at 2:30? Who will be your favourite animal?
UK family entertainer of the year 2017, Magic Martin is coming to Pennywell. Alison Lewis will train you in circus skills. Elfic will be juggling and joking. Poco Drom will be playing, you’ll be singing and dancing. Britain’s Got Talen semi-finalist Mr. Phil is back to with variety shows sure to wow.
See you there!
A month of stunning, jaw-droppingly good live music, including specially "made for Dartington" performances from leading musicians in the world of classical, jazz and folk music.
All taking place in the beautiful surroundings of the Great Hall at Dartington. For the full programme and to book tickets, please visit the website.
Monday 20th August to Saturday 25th August ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily
In the modern age we consider our race to be ultra-connected; through the sharing of an unfathomable quantity of information over the internet, but how much of that communication can be understood by every human being? How much of that information is bound by the culture within which it was created? On a basic level, verbal and written language inhibits mass comprehension and translation is a sophisticated but slow form of Chinese whispers. Loneliness is an epidemic and few of us even know our neighbours names. We have allowed our sense of community to be wrung out of us by the capitalist machine. Furthermore we allow the machine to give us a false sense of our connection to each other.
It is true that a picture speaks a thousand words; however if a representational painting or photograph is symbolic or intended to illustrate a narrative then that is not necessarily communicated by viewing alone. An abstract image that has been created to an elusive intellectual concept can prove to be even more difficult to discern. Likewise, the lyrics of a song are also a locked box to anyone who does not know the language in which it is sung. However, instrumental music is universal and could wash over a crowd of people that are completely incapable of communicating with each other verbally and unite them in rhythm.
In the visual arts I believe that abstract painting also has the highest potential to be a universal language. True abstraction is beyond description in words, have you ever heard a plausible description of Love? The critique of abstract painting is often reduced to a soulless analysis of colour and compositional relationships or it is regarded that the concept behind the work is more important than the artwork itself.
I paint intuitively and spontaneously with geometry as my shepherd; in the hope of creating works that people can connect to in a silent conversation, regardless of their cultural heritage. Art should be universally inclusive.
Every Thursday from April to the end of October, meet local guide Kathy Alexander at 10.30 am at the Tourist Information Office, Market Square, Totnes for an informative and interesting guided walk.
Take a stroll around the historic town centre. From the commercial hub of the Saxon and Medieval Town we visit ancient wells, old marketplaces, Castle and town walls, church and civic precinct and an Elizabethan garden.
£5 per person (£3 for under 16's)
Tour lasts 1.5 - 2 hours
New for 2018! Todays 2 Big Shows are brought to you by Fizz Pop Science Workshops. Interactive and exciting science fun with hover boards and bubble sandwiches!? Find out more on your journey of discovery with Science Friction & Bubble shows.
This August Bank Holiday, come to the South Devon Railway for a feast of steam and diesel trains – and our famous beer and cider festival too!
We’ll be running trains all day with departures from each end of the line (Buckfastleigh and Totnes) at frequent intervals throughout the day.
At Buckfastleigh, our London Transport Routemaster bus will be running trips to Buckfast Abbey and along to Ashburton, the original terminus of our line, the garden railway and all our usual attractions, from the museum to the gardens and gift shop, will be open.
At Staverton, our midway point on the line, the beer and cider festival will be in full swing from 11.0am until late (6pm on Monday), offering a great selection of different ales, craft beers and ciders to enjoy from Devon Diesel Society’s award-winning bar.
In addition, there will be:
– a barbecue on Friday & Saturday evening
– buffet car serving a variety of hot and cold foods and soft drinks
– a ‘just for fun’ quiz on Sunday evening.
Sea Change is a town festival of music, culture and high times in Totnes, Devon. Join us on August 24th and 25th 2018. Tickets are on sale now from Drift Records, Totnes including limited deposit tickets.
Already confirmed for our 2018 edition:
Hookworms, Gwenno, Josh T. Pearson, James Holden & The Animal Spirits, Lost Horizons, The Weather Station, Andrew Weatherall, Daniel Blumberg, Snapped Ankles, The Surfing Magazines, Hater, Hatis Noit, Virginia Wing, Sweet Baboo, Red River Dialect, Charles Watson, Penelope Isles, Boy Azooga, Group Listening and Earth Recordings Present 'The Ballad of Shirley Collins'.