Private Textiles and Dress: Domestic and Intimate Textiles and Dress in Museums and Historic Houses

Date / time
Date(s) - 13 June
All day


The CHORD workshop on: Private Textiles and Dress: Domestic and Intimate Textiles and Dress in Museums and Historic Houses will take place at the University of Wolverhampton, UK on 13 June 2019.

The programme, together with abstracts, registration details and further information, can be found at:

The programme includes::

  • Cassie Davies-Strodder, V&A and UAL, An uncomfortable fit?: The challenges and opportunities of personal collections of dress in design museums
  • Sarah-Mary Geissler and Caroleen Molenaar, both University of Brighton, Dressing the Decades: 85 Years of Visitor Clothing
  • Caroline Ness, independent scholar, Considerations of privacy and the intimate: a family’s decisions when choosing the appropriateness of items for public scrutiny
  • Rachel Neal, De Montfort University, Resonating the Narrative of Human Presence Through Everyday Dress
  • Elaine Mitchell, University of Birmingham, The efforts of her needle: Catherine Hutton’s counterpane
  • Catherine Howard, Wolverhampton Art School, Behind closed doors
  • Toni Buckby, Sheffield Hallam University and Victoria & Albert Museum, Blackwork Embroidery – an overview of a fragile archive
  • Jane Smith, National Trust, Cardinal Wolsey’s Purse … Perhaps!M Faye Prior, York Castle Museum, The Hidden History of a Mystery Garment: A possible early twentieth century menstrual belt
  • Miriam Phelan, RCA / V&A and Frankie Kubicki, Charles Dickens Museum, Mr & Mrs Charles Dickens: Intimate Objects and Private Textiles
  • Rosalyn Sklar and Nic Fulcher, both The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Textiles, Care and Access at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
  • Emma Hardy, Geffrye Museum, At Home with Textiles: Furnishing Textiles and Upholstery in the Geffrye Museum’s Period Rooms

The workshop will take place on Wolverhampton City Campus, University of Wolverhampton. The fee is £20

For further information and to register, please see the workshop web-pages, at:

Or contact Laura Ugolini, at:

Information about CHORD events can also be found here:

Image credit: Crib of the Infant Jesus, 15th century, South Netherlandish, Gift of Ruth Blumka, in memory of Leopold Blumka, 1974, image courtesy of