Textile Team Receive Civic Recognition
Dean Castle Textile Team were honoured to receive a Cerftificate of Civic Recognition from Provost Jim Todd on 12th october 2015.
The Textile Team and The Standard.
Dean Castle’s Volunteer Textile Team was formed ten years ago, in 2005, as part of a museum redevelopment project. The castle is renowned for its history, architecture, collections of arms and armour and early musical Instruments, but greater emphasis upon historic textiles was needed.
‘The Stitchers’ - a local group - was contacted, a meeting arranged, projects discussed, a plan hatched and Dean Castle’s Textile Team was born! It quickly became apparent that this was a sustainable venture with like-minded people who wished to share and pass on skills. The group has developed and achieved a great deal in its 10 years and a bond of friendship, fun and creativity is at its core.
In 2012, the Textile Team was asked by the late John Smith of Fenwick if they would consider producing a replica of the Standard that was seized from the Emperor Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, which led to Napoleon’s eventual defeat.
The battle flag of the 45th Regiment de Ligne, topped by an Imperial Eagle was seized by Sergeant Charles Ewart of the Scot’s greys.
The Team agreed, but funding had to be secured. In 2013, the Weir Charitable Trust kindly offered support and in early 2014 work began in earnest with three Standards being produced. Over 3,000 volunteer hours went into the creation of the three Standards.
The first is now on display in the exhibition at Dean Castle. The second has been donated to the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Museum in Edinburgh and the third has been gifted to the National Waterloo 200 Trust.
The group has worked on a range of projects including conservation of a set of early 18th century Italian curtains which hang in the Banqueting Hall of the castle, the production of storage bags for the Ayrshire Needlework baby robe collection and educational costumes. The Team's latest endeavours have included repairs to South Ayrshire Council’s Provost Robes and the pulpit fall from St. Kentigern’s Church, Kilmarnock as well as many costume pieces for East Ayrshire Youth Theatre's performances.