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Beryl Dean & The Jubilee Cope
Wed 31 May 2017, 13:00 – 14:00 BST
Lunchtime talk: Beryl Dean & the Jubilee Cope
For London History Day 2017 St Paul’s Cathedral is celebrating The Jubilee Cope. An extraordinary masterpiece of English ecclesiastical embroidery, still worn, on occasion, by the Bishop of London and cared for by the Cathedral Collections Department.
The talk will be given by Diana Phillips a Trustee of the Beryl Dean Trust.
The cope was designed by Beryl Dean, a leading exponent of modernist design in ecclesiastical embroidery who, in the mid-twentieth century, introduced an entirely new approach to a field hitherto limited to a traditional Victorian style. The work was executed under Beryl's direction by the needlework students at the Stanhope Institute.
It is decorated with the spires of seventy-three churches, as well as three Royal Peculiars and St Paul’s Cathedral, with the Georgian House in Queen Square, formerly the home of the Stanhope Institute in the bottom corner.
This talk will focus on the radical change which Beryl Dean introduced to ecclesiastical embroidery and the story of how the Jubilee Cope came to be. There will be an opportunity to view the cope after the talk.
The talk is free however space is limited and booking is required. Please bring your ticket with you on the day.
The talk will be given in the Wren Suite in the Cathedral Crypt.
Wheelchair access is available via the South Churchyard.
This talk is one of a series organised by the Cathedral Collections Department. Each speaker takes an item in The Collections or an aspect of the Cathedral's history as a starting point from which to explore the life and work of St Paul's. The Cathedral Collections: Library, Archive and Objects form a unique record of the spiritual, liturgical, architectural, administrative and social life of one of the world's outstanding buildings and its imposing predecessor, the Pre-Fire Cathedral.
Find out more about The Collections here