PSU: Anyone may come and go

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, EXETER, Devon, EX4 3RX

Tel: 01392 265858

PSU: Anyone may come and go

About

Focused on Exeter’s historic wool trade, Preston Street Union have been investigating the flow of people, artefacts and ideas that have enabled the city to prosper.

At the height of the wool industry, traders wrapped lengths of fabric for export in elaborate parcels known as tillets. The tillets were decorated with ornate, specially commissioned prints, which acted as a branding device. While some of these sizeable wooden printing blocks can be seen in the RAMM collection, no known examples of complete tillet wrappers have survived, and so their construction and use is a matter of some speculation.

Working with the RAMM Collections and new research gathered by local historian Dr. Michael A Patrick, Preston Street have re-imagined a tillet wrapper marked with a collectively created contemporary design that draws attention to the creative industries. The block from which the design is printed has been carved using traditional techniques by Saena Ku. The wrapper encloses a 15-metre length of red woollen cloth that was previously used by Preston Street Union in the work SERGE/SURGE, a series of live actions around Exeter’s city wall in 2019, commissioned by RAMM.

A paper print of the design will be distributed throughout Exeter and beyond in a contemporary act of trade and distribution, inviting reflection on the theme of migration. https://prestonstreetunion.wordpress.com

Making History gallery.

Image: Jon England.

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Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Event

Parking & Transport

  • Park & Ride

Travel & Trade

  • Wi-fi available

Opening Times

PSU: Anyone may come and go (15 Feb 2020 - 29 Mar 2020)

* Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am to 5pm. Closed Bank Holidays and Mondays

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