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Lecture: Sewing on the Frontline

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To launch the SSAFA 100 Hearts for 100 Years project, Lt Col Neil Stace a finalist on the Great British Sewing Bee and a serving soldier, will talk about the WW1 Sweetheart Pincushions.

Neil will talk about how these exquisite pincushions, made by injured soldiers, were an early form of occupational therapy, helping them cope with the traumatic experiences of fighting in the trenches, and of his own experiences when sewing has helped him through difficult periods whilst serving on the front line in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Northern Ireland.

Neil will be joined by two special guests for the final part of the talk: Alice Brady, a BA (Hons) Degree Student at the Royal School of Needlework, and Wendy Cramer of Fine Cell Work, both organisations having been key contributors to the project. Alice will talk about her recent research into the meanings attributed to crafted objects,  whilst Wendy will look at the use of embroidery in a prison environment, with its associated therapeutic and rehabilitative benefts.

Neil, Alice and Wendy will be available for questions at the end of the lecture.

Booking details:

Free entry with retiring collection.   Please book your ticket via the 'book this event' button at the top of this screen.


Other events:

WW1 Sweetheart Pincushion Workshop

Sunday 6 November, details here or Sunday 13 November, details here.   All workshops will be run by Lt Col Neil Stace. Free with a suggested donation of £5 adult /£2 child to SSAFA.   Suitable for 7+.

100 Hearts Exhibition

Wednesday 9 November to Thursday 24 November 2016.  Please visit the Morning Chapel to see the 100 Hearts for 100 Years exhibition, with 4 original WW1 hearts.  Further details here.