Display marks WI centenary

Knitted cakes at the WI exhibition PNL-150308-171054001
Knitted cakes at the WI exhibition PNL-150308-171054001

Local branches of the WI are celebrating its centenary with a fascinating exhibition at Milton Keynes Museum.

Running throughout August, the exhibition features everything from historic scrapbooks to stunning samplers and hand­knitted cakes.

Each local branch has contributed its own display to the exhibition.

Among the exhibits are a series of colourful banners representing the branches.

Bradwell’s banner features the stocks which used to sit at the bottom of Primrose Lane, while Newton Longville’s includes an even grimmer reminder of the past – the gallows which existed until 1880 in a field off the Drayton Road.

For Thornborough and Thornton WI, the exhibition is a chance to remind people that the modern WI is about more than jam and Jerusalem.

Its display includes memorabilia from a novel Grab AHandful fundraiser, for which members donated old bras and then competed to see how many they could remove one-­handed from a washing line in 30 seconds.

The bras and the money raised were sent to support projects in Sierre Leone.

More traditional elements include a giant collage featuring the faces and places of Stony Stratford High Street.