A lot of running around today. Meeting with Rob at the LCF at 10.30am to update him on the developments so far and discuss the future of the project. Some library work in the morning, 12.30pm meeting at Hand & Lock – embroidery company since 1767. Had lunch with Alistair and Frances, and was then shown me around the embroidery workshops – felt like a step back in time. I spoke at length with Frances about the possibilities of incorporating stumpwork into the collection and she gave me the contact details of some makers to investigate. I am very excited by these prospects. Hand & Lock are currently involved with an international embroidery competition annually and it was interesting to talk about the future of their competition and embroidery in general. Today also was the last day of the Textile Forum (London fabric trade fair), and I sent Derya and Stephen to follow up on some fabric leads. Sadly today is also Derya’s last day; I look forward to having her help me again in summer. 16.00pm meeting with Chris Breward to update him also on my progress. Received email from Hilary who will arrange a visit to the porcelain and ceramics collections. Since the robberies of several Meissen pieces these galleries have been closed except for the first Tuesday of every month when they allow public access – I am trying to arrange a visit to these galleries to investigate the idea of the maker’s mark. I need to see their collection of porcelain pieces and have some questions answered that arose at the start of the residency, which might aide in the conceptual progress.