Monday 17 October 2011

Say Hello to Mary Brooks at The Textile Society AGM 25-27 November 2011

Mary Brooks as you all know is an authority on early needlework history and is lead author of Needleprint's Micheál and Elizabeth Feller Needlework Collection. Now you can have the opportunity to see her and listen to her at the Sharing of Knowledge Conference to be held on 25-27 November 2011 at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK. There will be a weekend of inspiring lectures and tours and socialising in the city of dreaming spires. Friday sees a welcome address from the Ashmolean’s Catherine Whistler, and a keynote speech from Mary Schoeser. These will be followed by the conference dinner. On Saturday is a full day of talks covering collecting, connoisseurship, conservation and interpretation. Mary Brooks will be speaking on the collecting and connoisseurship of 17th century embroideries. In addition, Joan Kendall is speaking on the Four Seasons Tapestries at Hatfield House; Nikki Gordon Bowe on Irish Arts and Crafts Textiles; Jacqui Hyman on the conservation of Children’s Clothing from Mamluk Egypt; Anna Mason on interpreting William Morris; Brenda King on the Wardle Collection and Dinah Eastop on the Board of Trade Design Registers. The weekend rounds off on Sunday with a trip to the Pitt Rivers Museum with a guided tour by the Oxford Asian Textiles Group and refreshments. I shall be there and if you are not already a member of the Textile Society - now is the time to join - and join us. Your subscription includes expertly written newsletters and helps fund research papers and scholarships and is just £18. For students and unwaged it is only £10. Click here for joining information. See you there!

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