Room 58b: Heraldry & Sheldon Tapestries

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Room 58b contains a display on heraldry in the 16th century as well as a selection of Sheldon tapestries. William Sheldon set up the first two significant English tapestry workshops producing not only full-scale pieces but also smaller items such as bed valances, cushion covers, book covers and even cuffs for gloves. Heraldry, in the form of coats of arms and crests, was used then to indicate loyalty and ownership of buildings and objects as well as to identify the social rank of individuals and families or their allegiance to a ruler. Also in this room are displays relating to the Reformation, developments in the Church between 1500 and 1600, new skills acquired from Europe.

Room 58b is on Level 2 of the V&A South Kensington.

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