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All Change

Spring is in the air and many of our places opened their doors to the public after being closed for the Winter in the past week or so. Of course over the winter there have been a few changes over the winter and I thought it would be nice to talk about one or two of them.

The new exhibition at Quebec House

I went along to the opening of the new exhibition at Quebec House on Friday. This exhibition has replaced the older, interesting if a bit wordy exhibition with a new more modern exhibitions space.

The exhibition space also has a couple of screens showing video, it was a little too busy to fully enjoy them

I’ve attached a few photos of the day; it has some rather interesting bits. There’s an increased use of digital media including a couple of videos. However the thing I especially like is the banner of the Wolfe’s troops scaling the heights of Abraham, the banner being the same height of the very heights those men climbed just over 250 years ago.

One of the other major pieces of news is Ellen Terry’s Beetlewing Dress has been returned to Smallhythe Place after several years of conservation.


Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth wearing the Beetlewing Dress, painted by John Singer Sargent. © National Trust / Andrew Fetherston

Ellen Terry was one of the major names of the Theatre in the late 19th Century, and her beetlewing dress is perhaps her most iconic costumes. Smallhythe Place being her last home and containing a vast wealth of Terry memorabilia and being a very picturesque venue for a day out.

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Who was General James Wolfe?

I visited Quebec House on Friday and after a bit of confusion finding my way from the car park to the House I was very impressed with what I saw. I may be a bit of a military history geek, but I thought the place was really interesting. For those who haven’t made the trip to General James Wolfe’s childhood home I highly recommend it. You can even drink port (although I didn’t as I was driving!).

One of things that came out of my visit was using youtube to set up a channel specifically for Quebec House, which I have done. I have also uploaded an introduction video produced by the BBC, which can be seen below (It has 17 hits so far!).

I’m going to do three different simple videos using items from the collections to tell some of the stories and themes relating to Wolfe and his story. One about the long Siege of Quebec in 1759 which ended with the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, but is largely forgotten in the Wolfe story. Then one highlighting the destruction of Quebec, something perhaps felt most by the inhabitants of Quebec today and still a sticky subject if the calling off of the 2009 re-enactment in Quebec is anything to go from. The third and final video is going to involve a placement student talking about some of the art work surrounding Wolfe.

I’ll let you know how I get on with creating my videos, but I’m open to any suggestions which might help! Which do you think will get the most interest?

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