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For Home and Country

Posted on 14 Sep 2015
'For Home and Country' is a new exhibition at the museum. It celebrates 100 years of the Women's Institute and runs until the 23 December. The exhibition charts the development of the organisation from supporting food production during the first world war to its ongoing campaigns to improve the life of communities. From the beginning they worked to revitalise rural communities and supply food during the war. It has changed considerably over the last 100 years. WIs in Dorset were equally concerned with telephone boxes, footpaths, bus services and water supplies early on. One image conjured up by the name 'the WI' is of handicrafts and baking. However, alongside these leisure activities, the exhibition explores the organisation's vital campaigning work, and its role to educate and inform. In the 1940s the WI was urging its members to use their vote, as their mothers and grandmothers had worked so hard to win it. The displays include a country kitchen set in 1915, beautiful examples of Dorset Feather Stitchery and Dorset Buttons, along with banners, scrapbooks and china from local WIs. The exhibition has been made possible by a dedicated group of ladies from local WIs who have worked with the museum, approaching groups throughout East Dorset for a wonderful selection of objects reflecting their history. Trained and supported by museum staff they have also helped to create the eye catching displays. The museum expressed its gratitude at a private view for invited guests held on Wednesday 2 September. For further information please contact the museum.