Click here for previous lectures

18 February 2019Embroidered with Woodbine and Eglantine: Elizabethan Textile Furnishings
18 March 2019The Art and Architecture of St. Petersburg
15 April 2019Alchemy and Adventure: A history of Exotic Colours and Poisonous Pigments
20 May 2019William Morris: The Art of Life and the Life of Art
17 June 2019Silver in England: A fresh look
16 September 2019Ancient Egyptian Art: 3000 years of Treasures
21 October 2019From Soup to Syllabub: A light-heated Insight into Food and Eating Habits of 18th Century England
18 November 2019A Tour of Big Ben
09 December 2019The Bayeux Tapestry - The World's Oldest Comic Strip
20 January 2020Caravaggio: Murderer or Genius?
17 February 2020The Rebuilding of the Town of Ypres after its total Destruction in the Great War
16 March 2020Decadence and Dreams: Jewellery from around 190
20 April 2020The Field of Cloth of Gold: 6000 Englishmen in France for 18 Days - how did they do it?

Click on a row and scroll to display more details about the lecture

Embroidered with Woodbine and Eglantine: Elizabethan Textile Furnishings Gill White Monday 18 February 2019

Textiles provided the interiors of Elizabethan aristocratic houses with colour, glamour, texture and symbolism. Now only a fraction survives of the huge collections of textiles that once graced and invigorated Elizabethan mansions and palaces. This talk looks at the designs, techniques and uses of these textiles, as well as subject matter and the Elizabethans’ fondness for decoding hidden messages and devices. The talk is fully illustrated with a range of images including tapestries, bed hangings, cushion covers, wall hangings and table carpets, as well as references from contemporary inventories and paintings.