Threads: The London Foundling Hospital: A Time Capsule of “Material” Culture Talk with Angela Burnley

Saturday 21st September, 18:00

Parliament Room, Gloucester Cathedral, College Green, Gloucester GL1 2LX
Gloucester Cathedral is pleased to once again host Threads  an annual heritage textiles programme, now entering its third year.

The London Foundling Hospital: A Time Capsule of “Material” Culture with Textiles Historian Angela Burnley.

This talk seeks to demonstrate the diversity and complexity of textiles available in the mid-18th century through the unique collection held by The London Foundling Hospital.  This collection of tokens, small articles left by parents when they surrendered their child, encompasses a broad spectrum of textiles, most of them found within the years of 1756-60. The wealth of the textiles captured within the pages of the Hospital Registrar books speak to England’s consumerism. It tells of England’s textile industry on the eve of industrialization, its investment in the global textile trade and its ability to continue to satiate the consumer.  Through this talk a story of contemporary fashion will emerge, painting a picture of the needs & tastes of the average person. 

Research for this talk started in 2011 when Angela Burnley embarked on yet another research project to further her understanding of 18th century textiles. The trip took her back to London where she attended the opening of the “Threads of Feeling” Exhibit curated by John Styles at the Foundling Museum, as well as spending time in the London Municipal Archives, examining artifacts not on display in the exhibit. 
This collection would subsequently, through many visits and examinations, become a kingpin to inform her research past and future.  
Angela T. Burnley
Angela Burnley is the owner of Burnley & Trowbridge Company, a multi-faceted Historical Textile business based in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. She holds a degree in Interior Design from the University of Cincinnati and practiced her discipline as well as taught at the New York Institute of Technology prior to co-founding B & T.  As an independent researcher focusing on textiles of the 18th century, she has studied collections in the US as well as abroad and lectured and taught on the topic. She most recently completed a Fellowship with Winterthur Museum, where she focused on the work of Florence Montgomery.

Burnley and Trowbridge has served the historical community for 30 years offering modern textiles best simulated to their historic counterparts, as well as producing reproduction textiles & accessories for museums and institutions.  The in-person Hands-On Workshop Series, which started in 2002 as an educational outreach, has grown to be known internationally.  In addition, they provide a multitude of tutorials and lessons geared towards teaching historically accurate sewing methods online. Burnley and Trowbridge Co. - YouTube 
Through workshops, their YouTube channel, social media, and scholarly talks given by Angela, Burnley & Trowbridge has come to be recognized as an ally to those within the historical community at large. 

Doors: from 17.30
Talk starts at 18.00 followed by a Q&A
Please note: The Parliament Room where the talk will take place is on the first floor, access to the room is via a stair case.

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Gloucester Cathedral is pleased to once again host Threads  an annual heritage textiles programme, now entering its third year, that celebrates the rich textile history of the City. Accompanying the exhibition are a series of talks and workshops hosted in venues across Gloucester. Find out more here: Threads - Voices Gloucester
Threads is a partnership project, curated/coordinated by Voices Gloucester and Jo Teague, and supported by The Folk of Gloucester, Gloucester Cathedral and the Museum of Gloucester
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