The rituals and customs surrounding the important events of birth, marriage and death are explored in an exhibition currently showing in the Front Hall at Hawick Museum.
The Rites of Passage exhibition boasts a wealth of costume, objects and photographs, with exhibits ranging from delicate christening gowns and a black Victorian wedding outift, to a flapper-style ivory silk dress worn by Nannie (Agnes) Kirkpatrick of Chapelhill, Roberton, when she married Thomas Scott of Milsington in 1927.
And the Hawick Dead Bell, dated 1601, is on show in the section dealing with death. This ancient artefact is lucky to have survived as it was almost melted down on more than one occasion after it was last used in 1780.
Other interesting items include a black bordered napkin probably used at a Victorian funeral meal, and a bracelet made of human hair, likely to have been made as mourning jewellery.
Some of the material is on loan.