Deeds Not Words: 100 Years of the Rural – Objects

A small selection of the objects and images that feature in our exhibition, Deeds Not Words: 100 Years of the Rural. Click on the thumbnails for a better look.

This is the banner of the Longniddry branch, made in 1917 by Catherine Blair. It bears the Institute’s symbols – the crown over a heart, and its motto ‘FOR HOME & COUNTRY’. Catherine Blair was renowned for her short, sharp turn of phrase, and this is exemplified on the rear of the banner which bears the legend ‘DEEDS NOT WORDS’, which had previously been used by the more militant aspects of the suffragette campaign.

This is an oval dish or sweet tray, with a scalloped edge and opposing lug handles. It is painted in an under-glaze decoration of flowers on a maroon ground with olive-green leaves. The glaze is crazed. The dish is marked MAK’ MERRY on the base

This is a jam pot and lid, the latter with spoon recess and button handle, all painted in an under-glaze decoration of herbaceous flower borders and solid blue bands. Both the base and inside the lid are marked MAK. MERRY.

Embroidery by J Dewar, Longniddry

Town crest (complete with fluffy goat!) stitched by Haddington SWRI

First volume of minutes from Dunbar SWRI. As well as organising events for themselves they organised an annual children’s Halloween party and very popular dances.

A history of the SWRI written by it’s founder Catherine Blair

Fun competition by Gifford SWRI

Detail from a tablecloth beautifully embroidered by the ladies of Athelstaneford SWRI