THE MARSHFIELD SCHOOL OF WEAVING STUDY COLLECTION
As many of you may know, the American Museum of Textile History in Lowell, MA sadly and tragically closed their doors in 2017 after 50 years of collecting the most impressive collection of textile equipment in the US. They have now finished the process of de-accessioning all of their equipment, textiles and manuscripts to other museums and non-profit organizations and we were fortunate to receive a significant portion of their wooden tool collection. It was with
both excitement and sadness that we have agreed to be the new custodians of this important collection.
OUR MISSION & PURPOSE
Our mission is to preserve the traditional textile tools used to produce hand woven textiles and to instruct students and scholars in the use of such tools. We offer educational opportunities and Scholarship assistance for study and research through both the Marshfield School of Weaving and the Marshfield Center for Textile Research.
THE STUDY COLLECTION DATA BASE
One of our 2018 work study students, Mathilde Lind, began the time consuming process of entering all of the artifacts that we received from ATHM on the Omeka data base. She focused primarily on the Joan Cummer spinning wheel pieces but also made a start on the other wheels in our collection. We are hoping to continue Mathilde's work this coming year and have all the other equipment and library entered in. To access the data base go to: https://marshfieldschoolofweaving.omeka.net/