Making Botswana: Makgabe

Makgabe (Setswana): to decorate or make something ornate. This series of blog posts is inspired by objects from Botswana which have been researched as part of the Making African Connections project. Many of these were collected by Reverend William Charles … Continued

The Parting Starts After Eight: a Stirrup Cup in the Willett Collection of Popular Pottery

In Charles Reade’s historic novel, The Cloister and the Hearth (1861), his character Gerard Brandt, an artist with ‘sensitive organs’ and a penchant for social blunders, is caught in a storm. He is tempted in to an inn by the … Continued

From the bottom of the Warren Farm Well

On 25 March 1858 work began on a new water well at the Warren Farm Industrial School in Woodingdean. It took four years of digging before workers found water. By this time they had created the deepest hand dug well … Continued

Making Botswana: Baskets

This series of posts is inspired by objects from Botswana in RPMT’s collections which have been researched as part of the Making African Connections project. Many of these were collected by Reverend William Charles Willoughby, a missionary who lived and … Continued