Embroidered panel, Kent, England, 1930-1940

Made:
1930-1940 in Kent
Embroidered panel worked as occupational therapy at Kent County Embroidered panel worked as occupational at Kent County Lunatic

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Embroidered panel worked as occupational therapy at Kent County
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Embroidered panel worked as occupational at Kent County Lunatic
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Embroidered panel worked as occupational therapy at Kent County Lunatic Asylum, 1930-1940

Many institutions used manual labour as therapy during the 1800s. This included gardening and laundry work. In the 1900s, institutions began using more expressive therapies such as arts and crafts as rehabilitation. This colourful embroidered panel was created as part of an occupational therapy activity at Kent County Lunatic Asylum. It is extremely detailed. The panel is a work of patience and dedication. It interweaves images of animals, flowers, insects, an anchor and one lone woman. The initials BARM are stitched into the design. These may be the initials of its maker.

Details

Category:
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Object Number:
1987-43
Materials:
cloth and silk
Measurements:
overall: 740 mm x 815 mm x 5 mm, 0.46 kg
type:
embroidery
credit:
Maidstone Hospitals Historical Society

Parts

Embroidered panel, Kent, England, 1930-1940

Embroidered panel, Kent, England, 1930-1940

Paper bag previously containing embroidered panel from Kent County Lunatic Asylum, with a note reading 'Example of occupational therapy work 1930/40. Bag is labelled 'Embroidery from church'.

Materials:
cloth and silk
Object Number:
1987-43/2
type:
paper bag for embroidery
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The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum