October 5, 2017

World Experts Visit New Bedford for Thou Shalt Knot Symposium Exploring “Knotting Matters”

October 21, 2017 at New Bedford Whaling Museum

New Bedford, Mass. – Experts from the International Guild of Knot Tyers (IGKT) will join New Bedford Whaling Museum staff and representatives from the Melville Society Cultural Project (MSCP) on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9 am to 3:30 pm for Thou Shalt Knot: A Symposium on Knotting Matters. The symposium, to be held at the Whaling Museum, coincides with the Museum’s exhibition Thou Shalt Knot: Clifford W. Ashley and explores the practical, cultural, and literary aspects of knots. Cost to attend the Thou Shalt Knot symposium is $25 for Whaling Museum members and $35 for non-members. To register call 508-997-0046 ext.100 or visit whalingmuseum.org.

The one-day symposium is followed by the International Guild of Knot Tyers Annual Meeting at the Museum on Sunday, October 22. During the annual meeting, from 9 am to 12 pm, expert knot tyers from the IGKT will be demonstrating and displaying their recent work for all visitors and symposium attendees to enjoy. Knot-tying demonstrations are free and open to the public.

Des Pawson, Member of the order of the British Empire, craftsman, researcher, author and the co-founder of the IGKT will give the keynote address titled Artists in The Rigging: Decorative Sailors’ Ropework. Other presentations include Fiber Rope 101+ by Bob Dollar, President of the IGKT and Member of the Technical Committee of the Cordage Institute; Clifford W. Ashley and the Ashley Book of Knots by Christina Connett, Ph.D., Chief Curator of the Whaling Museum; Literary Knots by MSCP members Mary K. Bercaw, University of Connecticut and Mystic Seaport, and Wyn Kelly, MIT; and Re-rigging Disney’s Historic Ship Columbia by Brion Toss, master rigger.

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Tina Malott
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
New Bedford Whaling Museum

Knot Symposium

Decorative Knot Demonstration Piece, early 20th century. New Bedford Whaling Museum Collection. Gift of Captain William Lawton Hawes.

About the New Bedford Whaling Museum 

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: April through December, daily from 9 am to 5 pm.; January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 am – 4 pm. and Sunday 11 am. – 4 pm. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information visit www.whalingmuseum.org.