Lakeside Arts
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Lakeside Arts
Event Detail

Cultures of Cloth in the Medieval East Midlands

Thursday 16 September - Sunday 20 February
University of Nottingham Museum

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Admission free

Thursday-Sunday: 12noon-4pm
Closed Monday-Wednesday

PLEASE NOTE: Once this exhibition has closed, the museum will remain closed Monday 21 February – Saturday 26 March as we install our latest exhibition.

Textiles were the most important manufactured product in the medieval world and this exhibition looks at the archaeology of medieval cloth production and consumption.

The midlands were a major centre for sheep farming and cloth making, which we can see in the remains of deserted medieval settlements and through spinning and weaving tools. English woollen cloth and imported luxury linens and silks were valuable commodities and were used by medieval people to display their wealth and status through their use in clothing and furnishings. Together, the objects in this exhibition show how textiles drew together networks of farmers, craftspeople and merchants across the medieval world and wove together the fabric of medieval life.

The exhibition is curated by Dr Chris King (Department of Classics and Archaeology) and brings together collections from across the east midlands.

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In line with government guidelines, all staff and visitors must wear a face covering when inside our buildings. Read our list of exemptions. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. If no tissue is available, use your elbow.


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