The lady on the left in this photo is international lace expert Pamela Nottingham MBE. She was born and bred in Marlow but now lives north of the M25. Yet she is still so fond of her home town that she regularly makes a journey of up to two hours to come and be a steward at the Museum here.
She will be at the Museum on April 20th, May 18th, June 1st and June 22nd. Come and find out more and even try your hand at lace making.
If you have some old lace you would like to know more about, why not bring it along for identification?
Pamela has written more than ten books on all kinds of lace making, which used to be one of the main occupations in Marlow.
A local history website (http://www.friethhistory.org) says:
“Around 1600 lace-making was the chief industry of Marlow and the villages around. A few years later a change of fashion, using no lace, ended the lace trade and brought great poverty to Marlow and district. It was at this time, 1626, that Sir William Borlase founded the school that bears his name. It was for 24 boys to learn to read and write and cast accounts and 24 girls to knit, spin and make bone lace. At Marlow the lace trade again flourished, and continued to do so in the villages around, gradually dying out as machine made lace became popular.“