Spring Programme 2017

Wed 18th January 2017 at 7pm - St. James Piccadilly

“The Textile Research Centre, Leiden: Its Work and Collections”

Dr. Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood, Director of the Textile Research Centre, Leiden, Holland will give an illustrated talk to explain the work of the Dutch Textile Research Centre in Leiden, which has superb, world class collections of textiles. She has published as Gillian Eastwood and done field work on archeological sites in Egypt.

The collection is being built up around four major themes: Pre-Industrial textile technology, including a wide range of spinning and weaving equipment and textiles from around the world; Decorative needlework, with an emphasis on hand embroidery from around the world; Dutch regional dress; North African and Middle Eastern textiles and dress.

This is a prelude to our visit to Leiden in The Netherlands on 22nd-26th March 2017.

00-31-(0)71-5134144 (work) 06-28830428 (mobile) www.trc-leiden.nl

Wed 22nd February 2017 at 7pm - The Swedenborg Hall

“Chinese Imperial Sericulture”

David and Wendy Rosier will give a review of the origins of silk culture in China, tracing the development of the Imperial Silk Workshops and the mechanics and controls of Imperial Costume production in the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

***Due to booking problems, for this lecture The Oriental Rug and Textile Society will meet at the Swedenborg Hall, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH Entrance in Barter Street. Doors open from 6pm. Drinks and snacks are served, and there is a T-loop induction coil for hearing-aids.

Swedenborg Hall is four minutes walk from Holborn Underground, and six minutes walk from Tottenham Court Road Underground. Free parking in Barter Street, Southampton Place or Bedford Place after 6.30pm.

Wed 15th March 2017 at 7pm - St. James Piccadilly

“Meiji Ornamental Textiles at the National Museum of Ireland”

A lecture by Dr Clare Pollard

Clare is Curator for Japanese Art at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Her main area of research has been the decorative arts of the Meiji era. In 2012 she organized “Threads of Silk and Gold”, the first exhibition of Meiji decorative textiles outside Japan.

Emperor Meiji reigned from 1868 to 1912 , during which time Japanese society moved from being an isolated feudal society to its modern form. Fundamental changes affected its social structure, internal politics, economy, military, and foreign relations.

Additionally the Society’s good friend Yasuko Kido will assist in bringing a special Japanese flavour to the evening.

Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th March 2017


See separate flyer.


Talks are held at the St. James Conference Room, 197 Piccadilly W1J 9LL London.

The Conference Room entrance is within the corner of Church Place and Piccadilly at a wrought iron gate signed “Church Hall Conference Room” leading down iron stairs below street level.

Doors open from 6pm. Drinks and snacks are served.

Both Green Park and Piccadilly tube stations are a short walk away. Free parking in St James Square and Jermyn Street after 6.30pm.

Non-members welcome to attend for £7 a single lecture. Students £5. Membership of one year for 11 events at £20.