Treasures From The Canal:

ARTISTS EXPLORATION OF THE STROUDWATER NAVIGATION ARCHIVE

This exhibition is at stunning Newark Park, Ozleworth, Wotton-under-Edge from Wednesday 4th September – Sunday 3rd November 2019

Stroud Book Artists are seeing the Stroudwater Navigation Archive held at Gloucestershire Archives as inspiration to create book art. If previous exhibitions are anything to go by this will be a must see experience.

Kit Tyrrell©
Frances Day©
Zoë Heath©

After gathering in the warm and welcoming foyer the members of Stroud Artists Books were taken to storerooms where the shelves are densely packed with books and files, and the store is temperature control and quite chilly. Every space is used with books laid on top between books and the shelf above. There are boxes too, some oddly shaped and difficult to store. Much to inspire the imagination.

Elaine Knight©
Emily Lucas© (detail)
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Where the photos are stored it is even colder, but interesting to see the change from glass slides to digital and of course the different challenges of storage and conservation.

The conservation room was laid out with artefacts, books, and documents and information on the various ways they had succumbed to damage including fire and being eaten by rats.

Members of Stroud Artist Books in the conservation room looking at damaged archive artefacts and documents.

The second part of the tour was a room containing artefacts from the Stroudwater Navigation Company archive. This included a map from 1730 showing the proposed route of the canal and a meetings book of minutes complete with signatures and wax seals.

And now examining a minute book from the Stroudwater Navigation Archive.
Wax Seals
Map dating from 1730