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Making Collection

From Betsy Ross stitching the first American flag to Coopers crafting wooden barrels, the art has shaped our history

Background imageMaking Collection: Workshop of a carpenter and joiner

Workshop of a carpenter and joiner
The workshop of a carpenter and joiner, with various activities taking place

Background imageMaking Collection: The Scout magazine, Special Hobbies and Model-Making Number

The Scout magazine, Special Hobbies and Model-Making Number
Front cover of The Scout magazine, " The Only Weekly Official Organ of the Boy Scouts". As this particular issue is the Special Hobbies and Model-Making number

Background imageMaking Collection: Betsy Ross sewing the first American flag. Painting by Henry Mosler (1841-1920)

Betsy Ross sewing the first American flag. Painting by Henry Mosler (1841-1920)
BIRTH OF THE FLAG. Betsy Ross sewing the first American flag. Painting by Henry Mosler (1841-1920)

Background imageMaking Collection: Bayeux Tapestry. 1066-1077. Battle of Hastings

Bayeux Tapestry. 1066-1077. Battle of Hastings (1066). Detail. Romanesque art. Tapestry. FRANCE. Bayeux. Archaeological Museum

Background imageMaking Collection: Honey bees on a honeycomb

Honey bees on a honeycomb
Honey bees (Apis mellifera) on a honeycomb. The chambers in a honeycomb are created using wax secreted by the bees. The chambers are then filled with honey, using nectar obtained from flowers

Background imageMaking Collection: Parade at Cleethorpes

Parade at Cleethorpes
The parade at Cleethorpes in Lincolnshire, packed with parked cars and people making the most of a summer stroll along the sea front, perhaps to visit the big wheel or pier Date: 1951

Background imageMaking Collection: Coopers at work making wooden barrels

Coopers at work making wooden barrels
Four coopers hard at work in their workshop making traditional wooden barrels. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageMaking Collection: Womens Institute activities during the First World War

Womens Institute activities during the First World War, making jam and wicker baskets to help with the war effort. 1915

Background imageMaking Collection: I hope Mr. Bingley will like it, illustration from Pride & Prejudice

I hope Mr. Bingley will like it, illustration from Pride & Prejudice
XJF451372 I hope Mr. Bingley will like it, illustration from Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, edition published in 1894 (engraving) by Thomson, Hugh (1860-1920); Private Collection; (add.info.: Mr)

Background imageMaking Collection: Transportable Ciderpress

Transportable Ciderpress
A transportable cider press in use at Pensford, Somerset South-west England) : the fruit is first ground in a mill, then crushed in a press to extract the cider

Background imageMaking Collection: German propaganda poster, WW1

German propaganda poster, WW1
German propaganda poster, encouraging women to work in the Home Army during the First World War, for example by working in munitions factories to make grenades for soldiers to use. Date: 1914-1918

Background imageMaking Collection: Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry - June

Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry - June
JUNE Making hay within sight of the royal palace at Paris, the Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie Date: 1409 - 1487

Background imageMaking Collection: Skiers making early tracks after fresh snow fall at Alta Ski Resort

Skiers making early tracks after fresh snow fall at Alta Ski Resort, one of the resorts in America where only skiers are allowed, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America, North America

Background imageMaking Collection: Sheela-na-Gig on the church wall of Killinaboy, Burren, County Clare, Ireland, Europe

Sheela-na-Gig on the church wall of Killinaboy, Burren, County Clare, Ireland, Europe

Background imageMaking Collection: Advert / Masons Herb / Beer

Advert / Masons Herb / Beer
Masons Extract of Herbs for making sparkling and delicious herb beer

Background imageMaking Collection: Advert for United Kingdom Tea Company 1894

Advert for United Kingdom Tea Company 1894
Asian man pours tea from a china tea-pot. Date: 1894

Background imageMaking Collection: Picture No. 10767981

Picture No. 10767981
JAWS, Mechanical Great White shark - Valerie Taylor with the shark used in the making of the film Jaws Date:

Background imageMaking Collection: Little Miss Natty Fingers by Muriel Dawson

Little Miss Natty Fingers by Muriel Dawson
A little girl concentrates on a garment she is sewing, presumably for the doll which sits next to her. An interesting basket full of sewing paraphenalia spills over beside her

Background imageMaking Collection: King Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti making a Sacrifice

King Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti making a Sacrifice
Illustration showing the ancient Egyptian rulers King Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti making an offering to the sun. This illustration was made from a carving found in the tomb of Ay, El Amarna

Background imageMaking Collection: Compton and Edrich leave the Oval pitch, 1953

Compton and Edrich leave the Oval pitch, 1953
Photograph showing the two English batsman, Denis Compton and Bill Edrich, leaving the pitch at the Oval Cricket Ground, London, 19th August 1953

Background imageMaking Collection: WOMAN / MAKE-UP 1926

WOMAN / MAKE-UP 1926
An attractive woman in a white dress, making up her face at her dressing table

Background imageMaking Collection: Manufacture of cork balls at Chingford General view of the house 28 November 1922

Manufacture of cork balls at Chingford General view of the house 28 November 1922

Background imageMaking Collection: The portico in wrought iron on entrance door to Champagne Louis Roederer, Reims

The portico in wrought iron on entrance door to Champagne Louis Roederer, Reims, Champagne, Marne, Ardennes, France

Background imageMaking Collection: Two women at work in a Mexican kitchen. Painting by an unknown artist, c1850

Two women at work in a Mexican kitchen. Painting by an unknown artist, c1850
MEXICO: KITCHEN, c1850. Two women at work in a Mexican kitchen. Painting by an unknown artist, c1850

Background imageMaking Collection: Llewellin Churn Works, Haverfordwest, South Wales

Llewellin Churn Works, Haverfordwest, South Wales
A group of employees, mostly women, of the Llewellin Churn Works at North Gate, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Dyfed, South Wales

Background imageMaking Collection: Leather making and tannery tools

Leather making and tannery tools
Various tools used in tannery and leather making, including a knife, pincers and a hook

Background imageMaking Collection: Lantern Clock Tompion

Lantern Clock Tompion
Lantern clock by Thomas Tompion, the father of English clock-making

Background imageMaking Collection: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill V for victory salut

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill V for victory salut
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill making his V for victory salute

Background imageMaking Collection: Duns Scotus (1266-1308). Philosopher-theologians. Scriptum q

Duns Scotus (1266-1308). Philosopher-theologians. Scriptum q
Duns Scotus (1266-1308). Philosopher-theologians of the High Middle Ages. Scholasticism school. Scriptum quartum a Joanne Duns Scoto super quarto sententiarum editum. Edit, 1517

Background imageMaking Collection: Bayeux Tapestry. 1066-1077. Making a boat. Romanesque

Bayeux Tapestry. 1066-1077. Making a boat. Romanesque art. Tapestry. FRANCE. Bayeux. Archaeological Museum

Background imageMaking Collection: Dorset Hay Wain

Dorset Hay Wain
A farmer leading a horse-drawn hay cart (or hay wain) in a country lane in Dorset, England. Date: early 1940s

Background imageMaking Collection: Metalwork

Metalwork
MODEL RELEASED. Metalwork. Metalworker watching a CNC (computer numerical control) lathe as it machines a metal component. CNC lathes are controlled electronically

Background imageMaking Collection: Silent Film Still: Sewing

Silent Film Still: Sewing

Background imageMaking Collection: Mick the Miller Becomes a Film Star

Mick the Miller Becomes a Film Star
Mrs Arundel Kempton, owner of the ex-champion greyhound Mick the Miller is pictured with Mr Albert de Courville who is directing the doggy star in the Gaumont-British studio film

Background imageMaking Collection: Cecil Rhodes / Davie / Hero

Cecil Rhodes / Davie / Hero
CECIL RHODES Statesman, entrepreneur and imperialist in South Africa, making peace with the Matabele, 1896

Background imageMaking Collection: Faust Makes his Contract

Faust Makes his Contract
Faust making his contract with Mephistopheles

Background imageMaking Collection: Female Centaur & Harp

Female Centaur & Harp
A centauress gallops with a harp in one hand, a two-legged friend in the other, with whom she is making music

Background imageMaking Collection: Hereford Industrial School Basket Making

Hereford Industrial School Basket Making
Boys sitting making baskets at the Hereford Industrial School. Date: early 1900s

Background imageMaking Collection: Rest & be Thankful Pass

Rest & be Thankful Pass
A glimpse of the famous Rest and Be Thankful road and pass, between Glasgow and Oban, Scotland. Lord Acrum bivouacked his troops here when making the road in 1747 Date: 1950s

Background imageMaking Collection: Boulton and Watt steam engine with planetary gear

Boulton and Watt steam engine with planetary gear, 1795 Date: 1795

Background imageMaking Collection: General view of the engine

General view of the engine Date: 1795

Background imageMaking Collection: Wheelwrights making cart wheels

Wheelwrights making cart wheels
Wheelwrights or wainwrights making large wooden wheels in a traditional rural workshop. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageMaking Collection: Clock Mechanism, 1737

Clock Mechanism, 1737
A diagram of the inner workings of a clock

Background imageMaking Collection: Making Butter, Armenia

Making Butter, Armenia
Making butter in Arnebia using a suspended barrel to churn the milk

Background imageMaking Collection: Patons knitting wools advertisement, WW1 comforts

Patons knitting wools advertisement, WW1 comforts
Advertisement for Patons Alloa knitting wools during the First World War featuring a Red Cross nurse busy knitting and the words, Every Woman Can Help. Date: c.1915

Background imageMaking Collection: American seamstress and patriot. Betsy Ross making the first American flag

American seamstress and patriot. Betsy Ross making the first American flag. Drawing by Elisabeth Moore Hallowell
BETSY ROSS (1752-1836). American seamstress and patriot. Betsy Ross making the first American flag. Drawing by Elisabeth Moore Hallowell



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From Betsy Ross stitching the first American flag to Coopers crafting wooden barrels, the art has shaped our history. As depicted in Henry Mosler's painting, we witness the dedication and skill required to create something meaningful. Just like the intricate Bayeux Tapestry that tells the story of the Battle of Hastings, every stitch and thread holds significance. Even honey bees diligently constructing their honeycomb remind us that nature itself is a master maker. In times of war, making took on new forms as seen through Women's Institute activities during World War I. Their resourcefulness and creativity helped sustain communities amidst chaos. However, not all creations were noble; German propaganda posters during WWI aimed to manipulate minds with their crafty designs. Artistic endeavors also found their place in literature, such as Mr. Bingley's anticipation for an artwork in Pride & Prejudice or Muriel Dawson's charming illustration titled 'Little Miss Natty Fingers. ' These pieces demonstrate how making transcends mediums and captures emotions. Even sports have witnessed moments where making takes center stage – Compton and Edrich leaving the Oval pitch after a game in 1953 symbolizes both triumphs achieved through teamwork and individual craftsmanship. Lastly, let us not forget about timekeeping instruments like Tompion's Lantern Clock – a testament to precision engineering throughout history. Whether it be sewing flags or creating cider presses, these snapshots from different eras highlight humanity's innate desire to make something lasting. The act of creation connects us across time and cultures; it is an expression of our ingenuity and passion.