We are preparing to welcome visitors back with a gradual reopening.  On August 10, 2020 members are welcome to reserve a time to explore again.  Then on August 24, 2020 the general public may also reserve to explore Bruce County history once again. 

Museum
Beginning on August 10, 2020

Monday 10 am - 12 pm & 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Tuesday 10 am - 12 pm & 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Wednesday 10 am - 12 pm & 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Thursday 10 am - 12 pm & 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday 10 am - 12 pm & 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Saturday 10 am - 12 pm & 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Sunday Closed

Archives & Research Room
Beginning on August 10, 2020

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10 am - 12 pm & 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Wednesday 10 am - 12 pm & 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Thursday 10 am - 12 pm & 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday 10 am - 12 pm & 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

General Admission

Individual $8.00 + HST
Children $4.00 + HST
Student $6.00 + HST
Senior $6.00 + HST
Archives $6.00 + HST

Membership & Passes

Enjoy the many benefits of Membership. Not only will you receive FREE admission for a whole year, but so much more!

Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre​

33 Victoria Street North (in the town of Saugeen Shores)
Southampton, ON Canada N0H 2L0
Toll Free: 1-866-318-8889 | Phone: 519-797-2080 | Fax 519-797-2191

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Our success is made possible, in part, by the support we receive through our strong relationships with you, our donors. Your generosity ensures that we will continue to inspire, educate and remain the premier destination of choice for exploring our history.

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Volunteers are the building blocks of our Museum. All our activities and programs depend on the assistance of dedicated volunteers.

Hair Art and Jewellery

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The Victorian Age was one of sentimentality; due to the historical symbolism and associations of hair to intimacy, devotion, love, and esteem, hair was chosen by Victorians as something to keep as a reminder of a loved one, living or dead.

During the later part of the Victorian Age, jewellery and art created from hair were extremely popular; in this way people showed their feelings symbolically and publicly.  Ladies journals and magazines carried patterns and instructions for creating hair art and jewellery.  Ladies collected their hair in special receivers as part of their toilette; hair was also used to make pompadours or hair rats, which were key in creating popular hairstyles. 

Hair wreaths were part of this sentimental art trend.  Often memorial wreaths were created when someone passed; some locks may have been taken from the deceased, but most would have come from their hair receiver.  Other hair wreaths have multiple contributors giving the work several shades and adding dimension.  Contributors to a wreath were often family members, or good friends, symbolically showing their friendship and love for one another and their lives intertwined. 

F inely done, this bracelet is made up of eight braided pieces of hair between cotton cord.  The cord and braids are stitched to a cotton backing.  Hair jewellery was often created and traded among good friends, in the way modern friendship bracelets are today.  The creator of this bracelet is unknown; it was a gift to Jane Matthews, who later passed it on to the donor.

Discover other hair art and jewellery in the online collection, including a Watch Fob and Hairwork Wreaths

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