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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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The survival, alteration and appreciation of English medieval embroideries

21st November 2017, 17:30, Ushaw College, Glyn Davies (Museum of London)

A Joint IMEMS / CCS Ushaw Lecture

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.

This lecture is open to all and is free of charge; registration is required. Please register online here.

There will be a minibus transporting people to the lecture as follows.

· Outward journey: Depart Elvet Riverside (New Elvet, Durham City) at 5.05pm

· Return: Depart from main entrance of Ushaw at 7.30pm, returning to Elvet Riverside via North Rd

To book a place on the minibus, please register as soon as possible, specifying your need for transport.

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