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Public Lecture: The Survival, Alteration and Appreciation of English Medieval Embroideries

(6 November 2017)

Dr Glyn Davies, Museum of London, will give this lecture as part of the Ushaw Lecture Series at Ushaw College at 6pm on Tuesday, 21 November. This lecture is organised by the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies and the Centre for Catholic Studies. The will be preceded by a drinks reception at 5.30pm. Transport is available between Durham and Ushaw College. This event is free of charge and all are welcome; registration is essential. For more information and online registration please visit here.

The international reputation of English embroideries was such that following the Reformation, although there was enormous loss and destruction, the conditions were there for a significant number of embroidered vestments to survive. The stories of how such embroideries have come down to us in the present day is often as fascinating as their medieval histories, and involves piety, profiteering, academic curiosity, and even international scandal. This lecture explores some of those stories, with special reference to a number of embroideries included in the 2016 exhibition Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery, which was held at the V&A.

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