Explore the Collection: Vibrant Victorians.
Textile and Costume Treasures from our Collection with the Curator.
In this exciting Exploration Day held in the atmospheric library at the heart of Gawthorpe Hall you will spend the day with the Curator looking closely at costume and textile items from the fabulous Gawthorpe Textiles Collection.
Enjoy the richness and variety of textiles and costume from the fabulous 19th century, with all its novelty of design and new technologies in printing, dyeing and weaving techniques. We will examine a range of beautiful costume items from the period, as well as a wealth of accessories in techniques from embroidery to beadwork to lace. We also have a glimpse into the rich textiles made for the Victorian home, including Berlin woolwork, samplers and patchwork.
With full opportunity to see each item in depth, you are welcome to bring your camera and pencil to capture inspiring details from these beautiful textiles. You will also receive study notes to take home.
Group Size: a maximum of 12 attendees.
Itinerary: Meet in the café at 10.00 for complimentary tea/coffee and biscuits.
The Exploration Day will run from 10.30 to 3.30 with a break for lunch.
Gawthorpe Hall is open until 5.00 which will allow you time to look around the Hall and the textile galleries after the session. (Hall entry is £4, concessions £3, or free to National Trust members).
Lunch: A selection of sandwiches, cakes and drinks are available to buy from the café. Or bring a packed lunch, there are picnic tables in the grounds. Food and drink are not allowed in the Library.
Parking: Free parking in the main visitors car park, approximately 150 yards from the Hall. There is also a mobility drop-off point closer to the Hall.
Meeting Point: the Café. You will be met here by a member of the Textile Collection staff and escorted to the Library.
From the car park follow the signs for the Hall and then the signs for 'Toilets Café Offices' into the courtyard.
Access: Gawthorpe Hall is a Grade 1 Listed Elizabethan country house. Due to the historic nature of the building there is no wheelchair access. There is one flight of internal stairs to the Library. If you have mobility issues please contact us.
Please note: Bring some warm clothing with you, it can be chilly in the Library all year round.
The toilets for visitors are in the courtyard, approximately 25 yards from the Hall. There are no toilets for visitors to use in the Hall.
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Gawthorpe Textiles Collection
Gawthorpe Textiles Collection is one of the finest collections of lace, embroidery and textiles in Europe. Displayed across five galleries at Gawthorpe Hall - an Elizabethan gem in Pennine Lancashire - the collection was amassed by Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth (1886 – 1967). Miss Rachel turned her ancestral home into a Craft House in order to keep alive the textile skills and techniques she feared were being lost. Gawthorpe Textiles Collection continues to be a place where things are made, skills are shared and people come together to be inspired.
The Gawthorpe Textiles Collection is an independant charity housed in Gawthorpe Hall. Gawthorpe Hall and its grounds are run together by the National Trust and Lancashire County Council.
Thank you to Arts Council England for generously supporting our textile skills workshops in 2013 and 2014.