Bridport Museum


The Dorset market town of Bridport has its origins in Saxon times. The town has an 800-year history of rope and net making, with production continuing to the present day.

Bridport Museum’s yet-to-be-displayed rope and net-based Sanctuary Collection is rare in its comprehensive documentation of an industry. The collection will be the starting point for work by socially-engaged artist Nancy J Clemance. As a beneficiary of New Expressions’ New Opportunities Awards (NOAs), Clemance will research the objects and archive and initiate conversations with the community, leading to work that is meaningful to the community and to her own practice.