Grundy Foundation executive director Gene Williams and Grundy Museum staff announced the launch of the Grundy Museum YouTube channel on Aug. 20 with a presentation by Bristol Borough’s Eros Leroi titled Corsets and Cummberbunds: Fashion Throughout the Ages.
Originally scheduled as a live program in June 2020, COVID-19 shutdown and restrictions inspired museum staff to create content for virtual programming and social media posts. Converting Ieroi’s presentation to an online format required staff imagination with a creation of a small studio out of one of the newly-wallpapered museum bedrooms.
Ieroi is a Bristol Borough resident and Grundy Museum volunteer, as well as a master craftsman in the art of sewing, tailoring and pattern-making. He has been making draperies for the museum restoration over the past year and a half.
Creating an online Grundy Museum presence has been fast-tracked. An in-kind donation was given by local musician Frank Butrey, who composed “Melody for Margaret” for use in all of the YouTube videos and media clips. The guitar composition complements all of the newly-created content.
Clips found on the museum channel touch on topics such as museum attic finds, domestic staff, “then & now” restorations, the grounds, Grundy family stories, the business and political affiliations of Sen. Grundy, and the local involvement of the Grundy family.
Keeping in touch with visitors and guests remains a top priority while the museum remains closed because of COVID-19 and restorations. Staff of the museum, 610 Radcliffe St., Bristol, invites the public to “like’ and subscribe to the YouTube channel and look for opening updates and events at grundymuseum.org/, facebook.com/GrundyMuseum/ and on Instagram at @thegrundymuseum.