'Be My…' Valentine's Day Exhibition considers the tradition of sending Valentine's cards and explores how, over the years, love messages have taken a variety of forms - from the sweet and romantic to the satirical and insulting. It can be seen at the museum from 4-28 February.
The exhibition focuses upon examples of Valentine's cards from the museum's unique collection of Victorian Valentine's cards - a collection that 'has been identified to be of national importance' (www.priest-house.co.uk/about_collections.html).
'Be My…' considers the different designs and messages that exist regarding proclamations of love on Valentine's Day. Importantly, Victorian Vinegar Valentine's are presented: caustic designs and messages that communicate disdain and hate, revealing a darker side of human emotions.
Historical Valentine's cards are complemented by the creative work of students and staff from the Arts University Bournemouth. A fabulous floral wedding dress and beautiful hats inspired by historical Valentine's cards are displayed: these designs are the creations of students and staff from the BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design course. Contemporary poetry and verse penned by members of Bournemouth's Young Writers programme and local writers are laced through the exhibition.
'Be My…' is a creative collaborative project involving students and staff from the Arts University Bournemouth working with the museum. The exhibition is designed and co-curated by students and staff from BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design and the BA (Hons) Graphic Design courses.
The 'Be My…' Valentine's Day Exhibition is accompanied by a Valentine's Tea Party that takes place at the museum on Tuesday 14 February. The Tea Party is organised by students from the BA (Hons) Creative Events Management, Arts University Bournemouth.
The exhibition has been kindly supported by: Miss Marshmellow Confectionary Limited, Wimborne, the local hand-made Gourmet Marshmallows company; Eight Arch Brewing Company, Wimborne; Almondsburys, Wimborne; and the Ephemera Society.
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