A Stitch in Time

We have enjoyed a busy and exciting week since our last posting from South Somerset District Council Community Heritage Access Centre, near Yeovil.

Staff enjoyed a Managing Photographic Archives Course at The Dorset History Centre, Dorchester on Monday, followed by our Volunteer Day on Wednesday with a talk to The Good Fellows Society on Thursday with a Touring Exhibitions Course in Exeter to follow on Friday.

One of our recent, intriguing donations were three photographs illustrating a moment in the life of Clothier and Giles Glove Company based at Park Street, Yeovil. The first two photographs were of a gloving demonstration at the Royal Bath & West Show in the early 1950s with a member of the Giles Family operating a large gloving press and the donor of the photographs operating a sewing machine in the foreground – for the ‘fancy’ patterns on the gloves.

The third photograph showed a Clothier and Giles Christmas Party, but in an unknown location. This is a large hall with a number of tables laid out. We would be grateful if anyone knows the setting of this Clothier & Giles Christmas Party, which like the first two photographs, dates from the early 1950s.

Staff have also started to document the significant donation of gloves from the lady glove designer for Southcombes Ltd. This has involved assigning the unique museum number and group number, completing a template object record sheet and writing a fabric label for each glove – for so far 53 gloves!

A stitch in time, ‘saving nine’ in both cases.

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