What a busy September we have had here in the Castle with a number of weddings, dinner parties and a visit by a group of ladies hosted by Phillipa Turnbull on their Lady Anne Textile Retreat. The ladies were able to view some of Muncaster’s fabulous Crewel Work collection and other extraordinary embroideries we have here a the castle. The visit included at Gala Dinner served in our beautiful Dining Room.
Our Volunteers have continued to work hard on various projects, including sorting and cataloguing a large collection of Victorian stereographs. The commercially produced stereographs include images taken from Grand Tours of Europe, visits throughout Africa and Australasia and of course our own British Isles. The images showing not only well known tourist attractions, but capturing this bygone era for us to enjoy. We truly enjoyed the fashions and equipment we saw in some images showing people skiing in Switzerland.
We are currently cataloguing a further collection of stereographs taken throughout World War 1. As well as being a fascinating record, they are also a graphic reminder of the horrors and destruction of the war.
Found within a jumble of letters from an old tin box, we found numerous communications made by Lord Muncaster in 1904 – 1905 to commission a Bell and a Loving Cup to be presented the HMS Cumberland. The presentation was finally made by His Excellency Lord Grey, on behalf of Lord Muncaster, in Quebec on August 19th 1905. Mentioned in a newspaper article taken from the Quebec Daily Telegraph, “the Bell was a fac-simile of the one used on board His Majesty’s Royal Yacht Victory”. One of our volunteers is conducting further research in the hope we can locate some pictures of the cup and the bell.
Finally, we would like to again say a very big thank you to our fabulous volunteers who continue to be gracious with the time they give to us to continue this very interesting and important work. Our volunteers are keen to still visit us over the winter period while the castle is closed to the public to help us with some bigger projects that need our attention and we are now busy putting together a programme of work for this time.
For anyone interested in volunteering and helping us over the winter, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 01229 717614.