Object of the Month

4 to 29 October 2017
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    Displayed in the front hall

Wooden Pot from the 'Great Storm' (1987)

 

On 15th October 1987, what has come to be known as the 'Great Storm' hit England, France and the Channel Islands. Over 20 people were killed and roads and parks were covered in fallen trees, including Hampstead Heath. The storm dissipated on 16th October.

Restorer and turner John Curle created this wooden pot from wood he collected from fallen trees in and around the Heath in the aftermath of the storm. He cut and shaped the piece of wood with a hand saw and an axe and then sanded it by hand. The wording was then burnt on by pyrography artist Sonia Hawes.

The inscription that winds around the body of the pot reads: 'turned from the wood of an ash felled on Hampstead Heath by the Great Storm of October 16th 1987'.