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SSAFA Hearts Exhibition

June 2 @ 8:00 am - June 23 @ 5:00 pm

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As part of the SSAFA ‘100 Hearts for 100 Years’ project, there will be a display of hand made pincushions made in commemoration of  the military Love Heart Pin cushions of WW1.

SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity (Wilts) are delighted to bring their ‘Hundred Hearts for a Hundred Years’ exhibition to the Young Gallery in Salisbury. Having worked with Peter Riley, Young Gallery curator, in an advisory role throughout the WW1-related project, it is entirely fitting that we bring its latest incarnation to Salisbury’s premier public exhibition space.

The project , based on WW1 sweetheart pincushions, has two themes and purposes; to explore the use of textiles in therapeutic and commemorative activity, and to highlight the enduring role of SSAFA in supporting the Armed Forces family. Set up in 1885, SSAFA has operated in support of our military community, and is the only WW1 tri-service military charity still operating today.

The exhibition itself will play host to the largest combined collection of original WW1 pincushions displayed together in any one place. The sweetheart pincushion is one of the earliest known forms of occupational therapy used by the military. It will also feature contemporary interpretations of the sweetheart theme, ranging from embroidered versions from local Embroiderers Guilds, through to commemorative pincushions created to lay upon Anzac graves by children from Sutton Veny CofE School.

Also incorporated within the exhibition is a range of textile pictures and interpretations incorporating Wiltshire’s unique place in WW1 military history.


June 2 @ 8:00 am
June 23 @ 5:00 pm
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Young Gallery
01722 343275


Young Gallery
Salisbury Library, Market Place
Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 1BL
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01722 343275