Unlocked: Textiles 1800 - 2000

One-day course

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V&A Academy Unlocked days invite you behind the scenes, bringing you face-to-face with the V&A's extraordinary collections.

Your study day will begin with an introductory lecture by the Course Director Jennifer Wearden on the influence of The Great Exhibition of 1851 on textile design. This will be followed by a gallery tour through the British Galleries led by Jennifer Wearden which introduces you to a variety of textiles to fire your imagination and inspire you beyond the study day through discovering story-telling and the designing/making processes. You will join a show and tell session with internationally acclaimed textile designer, Sarah Campbell, who co-founded the renowned design partnership Collier Campbell with her sister Susan Collier, to learn about her making process and practices and hear how the V&A’s collections inspires her.

This Unlocked study day is designed to complement the 12-week online Summer term course ‘Textiles:1800 to 2000’ led by Jennifer Wearden but you do not need to be enrolled on any online course to join an ‘Unlocked’ event.

V&A Members get priority booking.

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Portrait of V&A Academy Course Director Jennifer Wearden

V&A Academy Course Director
Jennifer Wearden

Jennifer Wearden was Senior Curator of Textiles in the Department of Furniture, Textiles & Fashion Museum until 2005. With experience of the textile industry in Lancashire and 28 years working with the V&A's textile collection, she has co-authored several popular V&A books and has devised and run highly successful courses on textiles and dress.

I so enjoyed all of the sessions... It was amazing to see these fabulous items up close. Previous Unlocked Study Day attendee

Bring your learning to life

Being up close with treasured objects from the V&A's collections brings your learning to life. Get precious time with incredible exemplars, as well as with our expert tutors and your fellow learners.

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One-day course: Unlocked: Textiles 1800 - 2000

13 May 2024


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