Work in Progress: Sue Brown's work for 'Echoes in Enamel'


Echoes in Enamel

Echoes in Enamel is an Arts Council England funded collaborative project between the Museum and local artist Sue Brown.

Sue works with vitreous enamel and printmaking and uses her work to tell stories. The Museum has stories in abundance, but is always looking for new ways to tell them and for innovative ways of allowing the public to engage with the collections. This project brings together these strands in to what we anticipate will be an extremely exciting project which spans the World War One commemoration period.

The project involves Sue delving deep in to the Museum's collections, looking at artefacts and responding to stories to create new works of art in print and enamel which will allow visitors to the Museum to connect with the quirky, personal and often tragic stories of local men and women during the First World War. These works will be tactile and accessible on a different level to the Museum objects themselves, although displays will often feature the original artefacts alongside the new works.

Sue has taken the Museum's own commemoration themes to guide her work. The theme for 2015 was Innovation and Technology and with this in mind Sue offered From the Kitchen to the Factory an installation which took its inspiration from the images of female munitions workers at T.H. & J. Daniels of Stroud as well as social history artefacts which are representative of home life during the early 20th century. The installation ran from 7th March and run until the end of April.

In 2016 Sue has been guided by the Museum's theme of The World at War. For this installation Sue focussed  on the story of Archie Clutterbuck and Dorothy Beard in an installation titled 'A Double Tragedy Near Stroud'. This installation was on display in the Museum from 12th April - 5th June 2016.

For 2017 Sue looked at our theme of the Home Front in the context of the never-ending stream of correspondence to and from the front-lines. Her installation entitled 'Letters Home' comprised a beautiful stream of printed feathers demonstrating the fragile and fleeting nature of written corresponsdence, and reflected on how museums of the future might demonstrate correspondence during this electronic age. Letters Home showed in the Museum Foyer from 28th March - 4th June 2017 

The final installment of Sue's project focussed on Medals. Sue looked at the Museum's medal collections and the stories of the men that the medals were awarded to before coming up with her own set of awards. Sue's medals focus on emotion and emotive words such as 'Gallant' 'Fear' or 'Courage' these medals were coupled with hand made ribbons and medal bars which were decorated with flowers - the flowers were all chosen for their meaning according to the Victorian/Edwardian language of flowers. The medals showed at the museum from 6th March - 29th April 2018.

Did you know?

In addition to our own World War One commemoration events there are exhibitions, activities and more going on right across the globe. Find out more information in the links section.


For more information on this project - Sue Brown's blog

For other Museum commemoration events - World War One Commemoration at the Museum

For other World War One events across the globe -


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