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Costumes are coming

The costume collector Marion May has confirmed the availability of period dresses to support our silhouette exhibition. We are really excited to be able to stage an event that juxtaposes the two types of collection and hope that it will generate real cross-over interest in the respective specialist groups. Our silhouette exhibition will run 01 August to 14 September 2014. Look back to this website as of July for exhibition details.


I'm speaking about Profiles at the 'Friends of East Sussex Record Office' (FESRO) AGM tonight. Not at my sparkling best today, with my father's death having occured this morning, but keen to share the project tonight. Look forward to seeing you later.

Health, what a wonderful thing

My father's health is now causing grave concern and it's difficult for me to dedicate sufficient time to the Profiles project right now. I've been relying very heavily on our wonderful volunteers to hold things together over the last few weeks and I'm grateful to them all for their input and for their personal messages of support. To our Town House team: Thanks to you all, your help is very much appreciated. Nick.

More, they cry . . .

Bowled over by the demand for silhouette-machine workshops! We are going to build more machines and stage events on a regular basis throughout our silhouette exhibition in August and early-September. Notice of the exhibition will be posted as of 30 June.

Exhibition stirs

We are busy planning our summer silhouette exhibition. it looks like we are going to be lucky enough to attract the support of a private costume collector, who will lend us a series of 18th, 19th and 20th C dresses to exhibit with our key silhouettes of women through this time period.

What a treat! If we can confirm this arrangement, visitors would be able to compare representations of costume in 2D with the real thing dressed over a mannequin.

More silhouette-machine workshops

Following on from the success of the silhouette machines at the Brighton Science Festival, we are now staging weekday workshops, to cater to the public demand. It's wonderful that so many people are keen to learn about the devices and try them out.

We are already booked solid for this week's events and will clearly need to schedule more sessions. Apologies if you did not get a place when you called or emailed. The good news is that if you allowed us to keep your contact info, we will be in touch to set up another round of workshops.

Silhouette machine at Festival

We have been busy building silhouette machines, copies of late-18th and early-19th C devices. Now, we are now taking these off to stage demonstrations during the Brighton Science Festival. We have participated with the Festival since it's launch some years ago and it is always a delight to see the large crowds that attend and participate. Our thanks to Charles Burns who has lent us two further silhouette devices, copies of the type of machine popular in the USA during the early 19th C.


As we near the end of OCR-scanning information about silhouette artists' lives, we are getting into the final leg of cleaning the scanned data and starting work to gathering the relevant images to support the scanned material. This last task alone will take many weeks but it does signify the approaching end of the effort to develop a really comprehensive section on the lives of those who have made silhouettes. Perhaps another couple of months and we will be near our target.

Open Day at The Keep

Our wonderful new archive centre for East Sussex, The Keep, has recently been finished and today there is a public Open Day. We are off to meet visitors and introduce them to some of our work with records relating to Brighton & Hove property and to silhouette heritage. Be great to see you there over the next few hours!

A gift from Charles Burns

The silhouette artist Charles Burns visited again yesterday. We discussed the project's latest advances and various options for ongoing development. At the end of his stay, Charles confirmed his agreement to contribute scans of his entire silhouette collection to the project. His decision to 'Join in' is a real boost for us all. With such a leading light of the silhouette world showing such enthusiasm for the idea of a virtual archive, protecting silhouette heritage from the threats of fire, flood, etc, we have a real evangelist for the project. 


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