Straw Art for Lammas
As you may know, we change our window displays regularly to be in harmony with the seasons and to offer our visitors an understanding of the turning of the Wheel of the Year. It is now time for us to have our Lammas Window display (one of our favourites!)
In our window, we have the following text:
The Wheel of the Year
The Ancient Festivals
The year can be divided into eight major festivals which mark the passage of the Sun through the year and relate directly to the agricultural cycle. This is significant to many people (including witches).
A small version of the Museum Wheel of the Year is in the window to the right (the full size Wheel is on display inside the Museum). The central window celebrates the current festival which is:
Lammas or Lughnasadh
Lammas or Lughnasadh is one of the four cross quarter days celebrated by witches. The Anglo-Saxon name of this festival is Hlafmesse meaning “loaf-mass”.
This ancient festival marks the point half way between the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox. It celebrates the first grain harvest and is named after the Celtic God Lugh.
Our Lammas window display includes a corn dolly created by Gillian Nott. They are symbols of the Goddess and the spirit of the Harvest. We have more corn dollies and more explorations of their folklore and meaning in our top gallery.
This text is displayed with a small version of our Wheel of the Year (photographed below, the original was made by Mark Highland and painted by Vivienne Shanley) and also a corn maiden made by Gillian Nott (second photograph).
We are also really pleased that our friends next door in the National Trust Cafe have embraced the spirit of the season and allowed us to decorate their cafe with other beautiful pieces of straw art made by the talented (and generous) Gillian (a good Friend of the Museum if ever there was one!)
This includes the St Neot corn dolly which now has a prominent position in the NT cafe.
Below: An old photograph of the St Neot corn dolly on the left and Gillian with her creation outside the Museum on the left.
Here are some photos of the decorated cafe – do drop in and have a look when you are next in Boscastle.