Short course
History of Textile Furnishings

Wednesday 22 April 2020 - Wednesday 1 July 2020

  • Wednesday 22 April 2020 - Wednesday 1 July 2020

  • Seminar Room 1, South Kensington

  • Course price £380.00 - £472.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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

From the 16th century onwards textiles began to add colour and comfort to every surface in the home. This course will uncover the trends that reflected the taste and aspirations of homeowners. Trace how key historic styles went in and out of fashion alongside economic and technological advances.

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Jennifer Wearden

Course Director Jennifer Wearden

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.

The breadth and depth of the knowledge of Jennifer and the invited speakers was phenomenal. I gained a much deeper understanding of textiles in history, their social and economic importance and so much technical information. 2018 Textiles Year Course Student

Course Overview

We turn a house into a home by adding furniture and by introducing colour and texture into its rigid structure with the careful use of textiles. Discover how we have used tapestries, embroidered wall hangings and carpets to deaden noise and keep out the cold. You will learn how uncomfortable life was – even for the wealthy – in the 16th century and then see how more and more textiles were introduced into the changing domestic interior.


Course tickets will be available for priority booking for V&A Members from 9.30am Monday 6 May 2019. General booking will open on 9.30am Monday 13 May 2019, subject to availability.

This course has a Half Term break on 27 May • Refreshments served • Price reductions available for Seniors (60+), jobseekers (ES40 holders) and registered disabled people

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Short course: History of Textile Furnishings

22 April 2020 - 1 July 2020

£380.00 - £472.00

Need help enrolling? Talk to the admissions team:

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

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