of the
Good Shepherd
Ecclesiastical Textiles & Plate Exhibition
As part of the team helping out at the "Ecclesiastical Textiles and Plate Exhibition" which took part at the St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham, I wish to share my experience with you all on how delightful and interesting this event proved to be. On display were a variety of clerical vestments on loan from Holy Rood Church, Market Rasen, Oscott College, All Saints Church, Hassop and the Mary Potter Heritage Centre. Many of the pieces from the Cathedral have no records and so were grouped into liturgical colours giving information as available.
The Exhibition was an inspiration of Maria Kirk, who has diligently looked after the vestments and chapel linens in the Sacristy for many years. She has a great passion for this area of church life and discovered many beautiful pieces that lay forgotten or neglected in cupboards and drawers. Why not let them tell their own story ... so an idea of an Exhibition was planted which took place from Friday 13 October 15 October 2017.
The Exhibition was opened and blessed by Bishop Patrick Friday morning, article in the Nottingham Post as well as an radio interview on Radio Nottingham. Alongside the vestment display there was a truly striking "plate" display of magnificent chalices, reliquaries and various other pieces - the workmanship remarkable, and truly splendid. The vestments were arranged simply but very effectively in the Cathedral, a perfect backdrop for the items, with helpers on hand to guide and inform.
In addition, the Cathedral Hall welcomed all to light refreshments, chance to browse the Repository for purchases, and numerous stalls of crafters showing off their skills: The Derby & Nottingham branches of the Embroiders' Guild, The Nottingham Bobbin Lacemakers, the Guild of Spinners and Weavers. We would like to congratulate Maria Kirk and her steadfast helper Charles Newham for doing a really fantastic job, "something beautiful for God". So,what's next?

Submitted by Cheryl Broodryk
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