Wednesday, 2 June 2010
Dorado. In 1892 the Clothworkers' Company - one of the original London Guilds - set up a base in Leeds to teach and disseminate textile practices.The archives and artifacts kept by the Clothworkers can now be seen at Ulita which is based in St Wilfrid's church just beyond the northern boundary of Leeds University Campus. The galleries there surround a central 'Ark' (located on the left of the picture) which is the main textile archive. Exhibitions change frequently and it is always worth a visit if you are in the area. On your way there pop into the Clothworkers' hall which is part of the old university buildings - it is a totally fascinating experience. A few years ago Whitby Museum received major lottery funding for enlarged textile galleries, but so far they have proved limited. Now it is hoped that the Bowes Museum will become a centre for textile history once they open new galleries with their extensive costume collection. And the Embroiderers' Guild is still looking and hoping.
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