On Saturday 12 November 2016 the Everyday Day Lives in War Centre and Rothamsted Research will be holding a free event exploring the National Willow Collection and the history of basketmaking and willow growing during the First World War. The day will include talks by professional basketmakers about their research into regional willow and basket making industries during the era. Speakers include Hilary Burns, Maggie Cooper, Mary Butcher, and Mary Crabb.
In the afternoon William Macalpine, Research Scientist at Rothamsted Research, will give a tour of the National Willow Collection, which was founded in 1922 in response to concerns over the War’s impact on willow stocks.
**Space is limited to 100 attendees, and there are only 70 spaces available to visit the Willow Collection**.
11am – 12.30 talks and Q&A
Owen Davies and Sarah Lloyd from the Everyday Lives in War Engagement Centre: Welcome and introductions
Angela Karp: Willow research at Rothamsted
Hilary Burns: The Basketry Then and Now Project
Maggie Cooper: The willow and basket industry around Castle Donnington and the Trent Valley
Mary Butcher: Bushels, Butter baskets, Bakers pouches: who made them in Kent from 1913
LUNCH 12.45 – 1.30
Browse the displays and historic baskets
1.30 – 2.45
Bus and tractor ride to visit the National Willow Collection (70 people max).
During this time for those not visiting the willow beds the willow video will be showing and demo of basketmaking/other displays to look at.
2.45 – 3.30
First showing of a video about Mary Crabb’s research on, and making of, a First World War shell basket.
Q&A with Mary Crabb
3.45 Mulled wine/apple juice and mince pies available
To book your place click here
For details of the day see also Rothamsted’s web pages.