Year course
Textiles: Ancient to Modern

Thursday 27 September 2018 - Thursday 11 July 2019

  • Thursday 27 September 2018 - Thursday 11 July 2019

  • Seminar Room 1

  • Course price £640.00 - £1,992.00

  • Call +44 (0)20 7942 2000 to book

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

Become familiar with textiles in all their glory by examining techniques and designs from around the world and discover how they have been used in Europe to produce an infinite variety of fabrics and patterns. Over three terms, you will explore different ways in which textiles can be studied and learn about the many skills required to create the sumptuous textiles in the V&A, from enormous tapestries to gossamer-like webs of lace, from glittering embroidery to muted tweeds.

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Course Director

Jennifer Wearden Course Director

Jennifer Wearden was Senior Curator of Textiles in the V&A's Department of Furniture, Textiles & Fashion until 2005 and is now an Honorary Research Fellow. With experience of the textile industry in Lancanshire, and 28 years working with the textiles collections in the V&A, she now uses her knowledge to devise and deliver successful courses.

This course opens up knowledge and understanding of textiles beyond anything I’d ever realised. 2017/18 Course Student

Further information

• Refreshments served • Price reductions available for Seniors (60+), jobseekers (ES40 holders) and registered disabled people • No Certificate Option • Term 2 tickets now available

Course Overview

Term 1

12 weeks, 27 September – 13 December 2018

The World up to 1600

This first term begins with an introduction to fibres, structures and dyes and, with this foundation in place, it explores what is known about archaeological textiles from Central Asia and around the Eastern Mediterranean.

Term 2

13 weeks, 10 January – 4 April 2019

The Age of Exploitation: 1500–1800

This term covers three centuries during which European knowledge of the world expanded and empires rose and prospered. The major themes of this term are exploration and exploitation, with growing awareness of new natural resources, new techniques and new designs.

Term 3

11 weeks, 2 May – 11 July 2019

The Age of Mastery: 1750–the present

The final term goes back to the middle of the 18th century, beginning with the Industrial Revolution and the mass production of textiles and then considering how several influential designers reacted against it, leading to the Arts and Crafts Movement and Art Nouveau.

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Year course: Textiles: Ancient to Modern

27 September 2018 - 11 July 2019

£640.00 - £1,992.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

Term 3: The Age of Mastery: 1750–the present

2 May – 11 July 2019

Term 3 single days

2 May – 11 July 2019


Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)