In a major new partnership, the V&A and BBC Four present Handmade in Britain, an ambitious season exploring the history of British decorative arts. The season continues in autumn 2013 with a three-part series about British textiles and wallpaper.
Handmade in Britain - Fabric of Britain: The Wonder of Embroidery
The final programme in the series uncovers the compelling story of one of the most extraordinary art forms of the Middle Ages: Opus Anglicanum – ‘English Work’ – embroidery, showing how it became an English success story in the medieval market for luxury goods.
Carved with Love - The Genius of British Woodwork: The Divine Craft of Carpentry
The final film in the series reveals the virtuosity of medieval ecclesiastic woodwork, and suggests that much of this art form was damaged or destroyed during the Reformation in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
The Metalwork collection contains over 45,000 examples of decorative metalwork, silver and jewellery ranging in date from the Bronze Age to the present day. It includes the national collection of English silver, an outstandingly comprehensive jewellery gallery, and collections of ironwork, continental silver, arms and armour, medieval champlevé and late 19th-century enamels, brasswork, pewter and medieval metalwork of international importance.