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Make do and mend

Make Do And Mend Poster

Come join in the free Make Do and Mend Day at Herefordshire archive and records centre (HARC) this Saturday August 13.

Make Do and Mend was a pamphlet issued by the British Ministry of Information in the midst of WWII. It was intended to provide housewives with useful tips on how to be both frugal and stylish in times of harsh rationing.

With its thrifty design ideas and advice on reusing old clothing, the pamphlet was an indispensable guide for households. Readers were advised to create pretty ‘decorative patches’ to cover holes in warn garments; unpick old jumpers to re-knit chic alternatives; turn men’s clothes into women’s; as well as darn, alter and protect against the ‘moth menace’.

An updated version of the book was recently released to coincide with the economic recession, offering similar frugal advice for 21st century families. (1)

At HARC we are offering the chance to have a go at your own make do and mend project - try out rag rugging, make some memorial bunting, make an upcycled corsage with our very own Mrs Sew and Sew, make a gas mask box, willow working, make a clay Guttmann ball (Do you know what a Guttmann ball is?!) and much more including trying your hand at morse code.

So come along to the HARC 'Make Do and Mend Day' - a free event on August 13 from 10am-4pm. 

Bring in your own items to repair or repurpose too, and please bring along any of your photos and memories of ROF Rotherwas.

Visit Rotherwas Facebook page for more information

Visit the HARC events page to find out more on what is happening at HARC

Up cycled Corsage

 Picture of upcycled corsages

HARC Bunting 

Bunting template

(1) from British Library BS 41/484

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