The Stitches That Made It To The Moon

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s historic Apollo 11 mission to the moon. When Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon, they were wearing state of the art space suits designed by Playtex. Playtex as in the company that pioneered the use of latex in women’s undergarments including girdles and long-line bras. The spacesuits where designed by Playtex and where stitched by female seamstresses who already worked for the company such as Hazel Fellows, Anna Lee Minner, Lillie Elliott and Ruth Anna Ratledge. There is even a somewhat hilarious video of a man wearing an early version of one of the space suits to test out the limitations of the suit itself.

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The Tenement House, Glasgow; A Social History Lover’s Paradise

 

In June I re-visited one of my favourite museums in Scotland; The Tenement House in the West End of Glasgow. The museum was the home of Miss. Agnes Toward (and her mother) from 1911 until 1965 when she entered long-time hospital care before dying in 1972. The Tenement House was donated to the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) in the early 1980s and is a microcosm of one woman’s lifetime experiences from the early to mid-twentieth century.

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‘Make Do and Mend’ – The ‘Original Slow-Fashion’ Movement; A Personal Perspective

Scrolling through my Instagram Stories feed and I’m seeing more and more of the Instagram users I follow discuss fast fashion and remedies to combat the growth of this industry through recycling, re-using, and re-making.  These methods are sometimes presented as a new way of tackling consumption in fashion and are effectively, the new ‘Make Do and Mend’ of the twenty-first century. However, these methods are not new or novel and I will discuss in this blog post ‘Make Do and Mend’ is the ‘original’ ‘Anti-Fast Fashion Movement.’

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Tuesday Thoughts: Why I blog as a Museum Professional

On Monday (10th June to be exact) I participated in a #MuseumHour discussion Twitter about freelancing in the museum world. Museum professionals across Twitter discussed how and why they became a freelancer whilst others (myself included) tuned in to obtain information on how to get that first elusive contract as a freelancer whilst also maintaining a happy work-life balance.

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Monday Musings : When In Rome!

In one hectic week last October I was in Rome on the Monday on holiday and London on the Thursday for a conference. Within this week I had visited several museums, the Vatican AND the Coliseum. Phew. A lot of culture, even for me, in a very short space of time. One museum that I really enjoyed visiting was the Museum Boncompagni Ludovisi which is a satellite of the National Gallery of Art, Rome.

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(C) Photography Rachel Sayes 2018. Artefacts Museum Boncompagni Ludovisi.