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Curator's Talk with Prof. John Styles

John will discuss the importance of the Foundling Hospital admission billets which form the largest archive of datable textiles in the world


Join Curator and Professor John Styles for a talk about the exhibition Threads of Feeling. The textiles on display are both beautiful and poignant, embedded in a rich social history. Each swatch reflects the life of a single infant child. But the textiles also tell us about the clothes their mothers wore, because baby clothes were usually made up from worn-out adult clothing. The fabrics reveal how working women struggled to be fashionable in the 18th Century. John will discuss the importance of the Foundling Hospital admission billets which form the largest archive of datable textiles in Europe, if not the world.

Prof. John Styles MA (Cantab) is a historian who specializes in the history of eighteenth-century England, with a particular interest in the history of everyday things used by the common people. John is currently Research Professor in History at the University of Hertfordshire. He has previously worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, where he developed the historical storyline for the British Galleries, 1500-1900.


Speaker(s):

Professor John Styles | talks

 

Date and Time:

2 February 2011 at 6:30 pm

Duration:

2 hours

 

Venue:

The Foundling Museum
40 Brunswick Square
London
WC1N 1AZ
+44 20 78 41 36 00
http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/

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Tickets:

£12, £10 concession

Available from:

40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ
020 7841 3600
www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk

Additional Information:

enquiries@foundlingmuseum.org.uk

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