Janice Jones began collecting lace in the early 1980s and soon after she began making it.
She had a keen eye and the support of respected dealers so her collection of more than 400 pieces includes some rare treasures, which illustrate more than four centuries of lace history.
Almost all was purchased overseas at a time when several important collections went to auction after the death of their owners. Some of the collectors had published books about the lace history and were highly regarded experts.
Over the years Janice had spent many weekends giving talks about her lace and showing it to country the lacemaking community groups. When she was ready to part with it in 2018 she was delighted that the Uralla Historical Society so readily accepted the collection as a donation.
It is now displayed in specially built cabinetry at McCrossins’Mill Museum where it will delight visitors for many years to come.