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Heritage Volunteers

Heritage Volunteers

Mary Price, who heads up the Heritage Volunteers (standing) with members of the textile group who are working on canvas kneelers for Stonyhurst College

The charitable status of NADFAS is based, in part, on the existence of volunteers in its associated societies working on heritage projects in their area. The Heritage team at NADFAS House in London scrutinises and approves all projects.

BDFAS has several groups of members working under the umbrella of Heritage Volunteers, all undertaking very valuable work, often under the supervision of restoration experts.

 


CURRENT PROJECTS

Tapestry Designer, Helen McCook

Tapestry Designer, Helen McCook

  • Textile Volunteers are stitching canvases for long kneelers for a chapel in Stonyhurst College in Lancashire following a design produced by Helen McCook, who worked on the embroidery for the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress. In November 2013 the BDFAS embroiderers will be working on one of the kneelers at the Volunteers’ Day Exhibition taking place at Kensington Town Hall to celebrate 40 years of NADFAS volunteering.
  • Heritage Volunteers work in the Special Collections Archive and the book conservation project, both at Birmingham University.


COMPLETED PROJECTS

  • Two members have undertaken an audit of the Gun Barrel Proof Museum prior to its accreditation.
  • In 2007 volunteers were recruited from amongst BDFAS members to catalogue and clean the Franklin Collection of Chinese ceramics, now on permanent display in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
  • Renovation of a 200 year old Trophy of Arms at the Gun Barrel Proof House – a two year project which included dismantling, cleaning and polishing over 1,000 metal parts before reassembling and returning to display on the main staircase of the Proof House.
  • Between January and the end of March 2009, a team of 11 BDFAS members worked in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery under the direction of Veronika Antoniou, a conservation expert, cleaning some of the city’s collection of Boulton gold and silver items
The BDFAS volunteers with the trophy at the Gun Barrel Proof House. Left to right: Michael Joseph, Rosemary Prosser, Mary Bellamy, Ross Bellamy, Victoria Linehan, Leslie Arkell, Jean Pratt and Richard Bettinson

The BDFAS volunteers with the trophy at the Gun Barrel Proof House. Left to right: Michael Joseph, Rosemary Prosser, Mary Bellamy, Ross Bellamy, Victoria Linehan, Leslie Arkell, Jean Pratt and Richard Bettinson

  • Work was completed on textiles for Harvington Hall, Coughton Court and the Birmingham Oratory and we have also worked on conserving Victorian church Banners.
Dr Margaret Davis, Dr John Davis, Canon Pat Browne Dean of St Chad’s, Mary Price Coordinator of BDFAS Heritage Volunteers. In the background is David Houle, husband of Sarah Houle, the great granddaughter of Pugin and President of the Pugin Society

Dr Margaret Davis, Dr John Davis, Canon Pat Browne Dean of St Chad’s, Mary Price Coordinator of BDFAS Heritage Volunteers. In the background is David Houle, husband of Sarah Houle, the great granddaughter of Pugin and President of the Pugin Society

  • May 2008 – a wonderful collection of photographs of historic vestments at St. Chad’s Cathedral taken by Dr. John Davis, with a comprehensive catalogue compiled by Dr. Margaret Davis, were presented to Canon Browne at St. Chad’s Cathedral.
  • A group cleaned the silver collection at the Birmingham Assay Office under the guidance of Dr Sally Baggott, the Curator and Archivist, in preparation for the bicentenary celebrations to mark the death of Matthew Boulton.