This talk will be based around the exhibition Samplers: Embroidered Stories (National Museums Scotland, 26 Oct 2018-7 April 2019), which showcases a unique collection of Scottish samplers that will be bequeathed to the museum. Dating from the early 18th century to the late 19th, these embroidered pictures were made by girls (and occasionally boys) as part of their education. Including details of the family members, local towns, buildings and events, as well as religious verses and decorative and symbolic images, samplers provide a fascinating record of the social history of the Scotland in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. 

All events in our lecture series include an opportunity to meet the guest lecturer, coffee and cakes and a special tour of the Castle.

About the lecturer

Helen Wyld is Senior Curator of Historic Textiles at National Museums Scotland, where she is responsible for European textiles from 1400-1850. Her special areas of research are the history of tapestry in Scotland, England and Europe, 1500 to the present.

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Scottish Samplers: Hidden Histories

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