Galway City Museum has recently received funding from the Heritage Council to undertake conservation work on a Victorian wedding collection. The Annie Woods Collection was donated to the museum in 2019 by a granddaughter of the owner, Annie Shorten (nee Woods). Galway City Museum is grateful to the Heritage Council for funding the specialist work required to ensure this wonderful 120 year old collection protected for many more years to come.
The collection includes a wedding dress and accessories which belonged to Galway born Annie Woods. Annie, whose address is listed in the records as ‘Bayview, Salthill, Galway’ was born in 1871 to Elizabeth (1836-1919) and Samuel Woods (1812-1894), a postmaster. On 5th June 1900 she married Cork man, Benjamin Shorten at the Methodist & Presbyterian Church, Victoria Place, Eyre Square, Galway.
Galway City Museum have produced two online lectures to share this story and to give people a rare insight into the conservation process. These lectures will be posted on the museum website www.galwaycitymuseum.ie and social media channels from 1pm-2pm on Saturday 21st August. Róisín Miles, Textile Conservator will talk about the Woods and Shorten families, Annie’s wedding dress, accessories, and the work being undertaken to conserve them. Norma Owens, Researcher with The Headford Lace Project will give a brief history of Headford Lace before focussing on the lace piece within the Annie Woods Collection likely to be an example of Headford Lace.
Both lectures are suitable for ages 12+ and will be available on galwaycitymuseum.ie after the event.