Never Fourchette the Past

We have enjoyed a busy and rewarding week at South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre (CHAC) near Yeovil, Somerset.

We have recently received a selection of intriguing donations. These include a plan of the potential development of Hendford Manor dated 1950, drawn by the Area Planning Officer for Yeovil and today we have the prospect of Cub; Scout; Brownie and Guide uniforms from a local troop. We did a database check on this type of item and we did not have a complete set like this with such a clear provenance.

The main focus of this week was attending the Yeovil Library “Back to the Future” Event on Wednesday 15th February 2017 with our volunteer team on hand to assist us. This was an event designed to bring people into the library to learn about local heritage and local crafts. Exhibitors included the Montacute TV and Radio Museum, wood turners and a 3-D printer demonstration – and us from CHAC!

We had a ‘handling object’ themed display on two tables. We started with Yeovil Town Football Club known as “The Glovers” and used illustrations of the local gloving industry, to provide an idea of the former scale of glove production.

We also had four main activities; drawing around your hand on coloured paper to form ‘a glove’ and colouring in with inspiration from images of gloves in the collection; discovering your glove size with tape measures and hand charts; guess the ‘mystery gloving tool’ and match the glove description to the 9 different gloves on the table. During this process, we also outlined some of the different parts of glove production, including quirks and fourchettes and the present and future of glove production.

The present and future of local glove production was fulfilled by Southcombe Gloves of Stoke sub Hamdon with the courteous loan of three glove samples: ‘Public Order’ Glove; ‘Firemaster Mk 2’ Glove and Men’s deer skin leather glove.

We have to balance the 40 or so people we met to inform about CHAC with the Centre being closed for us to attend the event. Hopefully, many of these people will want to visit us in the future.

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Some of the glove designs produced during our activity at Yeovil Library.

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