3710 – Bed of Bride and Offerings

Physical description:
Straw corn dolly in white dress with green ribbons in a basket decorated with snowdrops and Bride's Crosses.
Museum classification:
30cm x 24cm x 11cm

This Bed of Bride was made for the Museum's Almost Imbolc event, January 28th 2017.

On the night, it was laid on a table and offerings were put in front of it (also catalogued with this object).


More details of the event below:

On Saturday January 28th 2017, the Museum will be hosting a day of events to celebrate the approach of Imbolc (which is on February 1st). You can choose to attend the whole day event for £30 or just the evening event for £20 or just the workshops for £10. Each price includes a visit to the Museum.

Daytime events running from 10-4.30pm. In the morning you will do one workshop and in the afternoon another workshop. Maximum of thirty people.

Workshop 1: make a Bride’s Cross workshop with Gillian Nott. Learn straw crafts and create a traditional protection symbol.

Workshop 2: wool workshop. The Goddess Bride is associated with lambs so come and spin your own wool, learn or practice your knitting and maybe even made a Bride’s Eye (protection and good luck symbol made from wool).

4.30-6pm: Museum open only for people who have tickets to the event.

Evening event:

From 6pm: arrive at the venue: the National Trust Visitor’s Centre Cafe where drinks will be on sale. As you enter pass through a giant girdle of Bride and also lay a present in the Bed of Bride (a piece of glass or shell is traditional but you can put anything you like in it – something small).
6.30-7.15pm A talk on “Bridgit: Goddess of Imbolc” by Cheryl Straffon (author of Between the Realms and the Earth Goddess).

From 7.30pm: Live music by Inkubus Sukkubus. A chance to see a great Pagan band and celebrate the birth of spring at the Museum.
Places are limited and pre-payment and booking is essential.

Straw, fabric, plastic
Copyright ownership:
Gillian Nott