Cobb+Co Museum seeks knitters to help complete new First World War exhibition

22 January 2015

Knitting is a popular and practical hobby that has enjoyed a resurgence in recent times. Obvious projects are scarves, maybe a jumper with a bit of experience. But a 50 metre timeline in a museum exhibition has to be a first.

Cobb+Co Museum Learning Programs Manager, Janelle Insley, explains that the knitted timeline will feature in the Horse in War exhibition currently being developed as part of the centenary of the First World War.

“The timeline will extend around the entire gallery space and be used to highlight the main battles that Australian soldiers fought in during the First World War”, Janelle said.

“As far as we know it is the first time knitting has been used in an exhibition in this way, but the craft actually played an important role during the First World War.

“Knitting was something practical that women and schoolchildren could do to contribute to the war effort – it is estimated that Australians knitted over 1 million pairs of socks during that time, all of which were sent to troops with messages of support”.

Museum staff and volunteers have started work on the timeline, but Janelle says knitters from throughout the region are welcome to get involved.

“We are calling for volunteers who would like to be part of the project and knit a 30cm panel in a fairly simple seed and stocking stitch design.

“We will provide the wool and pattern and the names of all volunteers will be acknowledged in the exhibition”.

If you would like to volunteer to knit a panel, contact Janelle Insley at Cobb+Co Museum on 07 4659 4900 or enquiries@cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au to arrange delivery of the wool, pattern, and needles, if needed. Completed panels will need to be returned to Cobb+Co Museum by Friday 27 February.

Horse in War will open on 18 March and will be on display at Cobb+Co Museum until 5 October 2015, after which it will travel throughout Queensland.

The Horse in War exhibition is supported by the Copland Foundation and the Queensland Anzac Centenary project. 

For more information, visit www.cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au or call 07 4659 4900.

Cobb+Co Museum, part of the Queensland Museum Network, located in Lindsay Street, Toowoomba. The Museum is open daily 10am – 4pm, except Good Friday, Anzac Day and Christmas Day. Thanks to Toowoomba Regional Council, entry is free to all council residents on presentation of proof of address.

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