Lace making

Come have a go! BNU hosts history and heritage of lace making

Buckinghamshire New University (BNU) is throwing open its doors to the community to meet local lace makers, watch bobbin lace being made and have a go themselves.

The Woodlanders Lives and Landscapes project is a five-year partnership between BNU and the Chilterns Conservation Board and part of the National Heritage Lottery-funded Chalk Cherries and Chairs Landscape Partnership Scheme. This public event is a project collaboration to celebrate the history and heritage of the Buckinghamshire bobbin lace industry.

In the 19th century lace making was an important source of income for women in Bucks. It was a thriving cottage industry but now lacemaking has become an engaging hobby and lace is once again a trend in the fashion industry.

Local lace makers are keen to teach this skilled craft to the next generation and the event, on Saturday 7 May between 10am-4pm, aims to do just that.

Visitors can enjoy:

  • Lacemaking equipment to buy (cash only)
  • Lace displays
  • Lace knitting demonstration
  • Amersham Museum mobile lace exhibition
  • Talk on the history of lace and lacemaking 1.30pm
  • Folk musician Jackie Oates performs her songs about the lives of lace-makers 1 -1.30pm and 2 – 2.30pm
  • Free refreshments

You can book to have a go at lacemaking yourself (‘Have a Go’ ticket £10) or alternatively with an 'Observer' ticket (£3) you can simply enjoy the displays, talks and music.

Tickets for children, teenagers and students are free. Children need to be 8 or over to have a go at lacemaking and those under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.

Two lacemaking sessions are available (morning 10am – 1 pm, afternoon 2pm – 4:15pm), with a break for music and the talk on lacemaking from 1 – 2pm for both morning and afternoon ticket holders. If you book a ‘Have a Go’ ticket, upon arrival you will be invited to sign up to a 45 min slot during which you will be able to 'have a go' at lacemaking.

To book your place visit Eventbrite.