This season’s main exhibition at the American Museum in Bath is bursting with textile treasures.
Hatched, Matched, Dispatched and Patched – brings together extraordinary objects that commemorate family milestones – births, marriages and deaths.
It features historic quilts – from the Museum’s amazing collection and borrowed from elsewhere – as well as exquisite costumes – many of which have been passed down from one generation to the next.
Make sure you read the notes alongside the objects as its wonderful to hear the stories behind these carefully crafted pieces that have been cherished and conserved.
The exhibition – curated by Kate Hebert – will also focus on what was traditionally worn to mark these important family milestones.
Mourning garments, heavily beaded with jet, contrast with delicate bridal gown originating from the 19th and 20th centuries – as well as christening robes crafted from cascades of handmade border anglaise lace.
Throughout the season – which opens on Saturday, March 14th – there will be a series of fascinating talks and workshops supporting the exhibition.