Seaweed Pressing workshop next week…

Learn how to arrange, press and preserve locally collected summer seaweed specimens in a variety of colours, textures and sizes in this special workshop led by Marine Biologist Dr. Alice Hall from Bournemouth University.

Saturday 18th August

2pm – 4.30pm

In the Meeting Room, Quarr Abbey
(opposite the Art Gallery, near the Courtyard / Visitor Centre)

Alga or seaweed pressing was a popular art form during the Victorian Era when people summered on the coast. Seaweed was admired for its beauty and pressed into scrapbooks with other mementos like poetry or illustrations to create reminders of an experience. Locally, seaweeds were also collected and pressed on postcards and sold as souvenirs.

During the afternoon, you will produce at least one original print (please note – we will arrange collection of your print with you post-event once it has gone through the pressing / drying process as this takes a couple of weeks). However, you will also be able to try your hand at direct Seaweed Transfers which you will be able to take home with you at the end of the session. We shall be identifying and recording some of the collected alga specimens and there will also be the rare opportunity to view some historic specimens too.

All materials and resources will be supplied. However, if you wish to bring along any specimens of your own (thin, delicate seaweeds work best) you are welcome to do so.

This is a free event, but places are limited and must be booked in advance (suggested donation of £5 per person welcomed towards IWNHAS educational resources / activities)

Please email Tina at to book your place.

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