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DESIGNED TO SHINE

Sheffield Museum is currently staging a major exhibition at the Millennium Gallery entitled Designed to Shine to celebrate the centenary of the discovery of stainless steel;  if you haven't already been, you have until October 13th to do so.  It's very pleasing that the largest display cabinet features Old Hall.  We had a club visit there on May 23rd and Nigel returned to give a talk on June 20th, both well attended.  Here is Marilyn and Bernard Bartram's account of the club visit:

"Some 20 club members visited the Designed to Shine exhibition on May 23rd.  Included in the displays was a large cabinet containing numerous items of Old Hall, including one of the earliest toast racks, a dinner gong, a Chedlet cheese holder and a pickle jar;  more up-to-date items from the designs of Robert Welch included a Campden coffee set and a pair of nutcrackers.  Sharp-eyed members also found displayed elsewhere some Campden cutlery and an Alveston tea set.

Exhibition Hall entrance
The Old Hall cabinet

We were given a very interesting 45 minute talk by the Curator on the background history of the exhibits, including a fantastic stainless steel wedding dress (yes, that's right, one that had actually been worn) and an opportunity to view some items not on display which included an early Warwick small hammered teapot with a seamed spout.

Over a nice lunch afterwards all sorts of Old Hall matters were discussed as was of course the forthcoming annual Summer Fair at Haling Dene, where we will be putting on a special display of pre-war Olde Hall items, together with a mysterious "surprise" item which had everyone guessing!"

Enjoying lunch
Enjoying lunch
Lunchtime talk notice
Lots of questions for Nigel

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