IoA-BM Makin 10 March 2020
10 March 2020, 6:15 pm–7:15 pm
INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGY / BRITISH MUSEUM MEDIEVAL SEMINAR Dr Alexandra Makin (Independent researcher, PhD University of Manchester): Embroidery: the lost art of the Anglo-Saxon world
Room 612UCL Institute of Archaeology31-34 Gordon SquareLondonWC1H 0PY
Embroidery is little studied as part of early medieval material culture. This paper argues that this fragile form of decoration was not only an integrated part of Anglo-Saxon material culture, but that it was considered art, and the women who made it were treated with the highest regard. My forthcoming book, ‘The Lost Art of the Anglo-Saxon World: the sacred and secular power of embroidery’, tells this story. This presentation will give an overview of the results and what they tell us about early medieval life in the British Isles and Ireland.