Textile Stories/ Quilt Stories

A Study Day at the University of Chester

RICS Building, Riverside Campus

Saturday 25th April 2015, 9.30am -4.30pm

The third Textile Study Day will be devoted to the stories told by quilts. Our speakers

Christine Garwood (Textile Artist), ‘Painting With Stitches’ 

Christine has a B.A. (Hons) in Fine Art / Textiles, from the University of London, Goldsmith’s College, School of Art and an Art Teacher’s Certificate from the University of Sussex.

Jacqui Hyman (Textile Restoration Studio) ‘Conserving Quilts’ 

Jacqui is a textile historian and conservationist. She runs the Textile Restoration Studio:

Claire Smith (Researcher for the V&A exhibition, Quilts, 1700-2010), ‘Quilts 1700-2010: Hidden Histories from the V&A’s Quilt Collection’

Claire was involved in putting together the major quilt exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2010.

Fiona Roberts (& Colleagues) ‘The Story behind the University of Chester’s 175th Anniversary Quilt’

Find out more about the design and creation of this local community quilt.

Tickets for the Study Day cost £12.00 and include lunch and refreshments. To book your place click on the following link:

Book Tickets

This event is organised by Sarah Heaton, Fiona Roberts and Deborah Wynne.

University of Chester

English Department

Textile Stories Study Day

The Drama of Costume

Saturday 5th April 2014, 10am-4.30pm

The second Textile Stories Study Day will take place at the University of Chester. In 2014 we will be celebrating the 'drama of costume', from the costumes we see on film and television, to historical costumes preserved in museums, stage costumes and the clothing worn by famous figures from history. There will be a number of talks during the day:

Sallie McNamara, (Southampton Solent University), "We're All in it Together": Downton Abbey, Benevolence and Austerity Chic’

On the set of Downton Abbey

Jacqui Hyman (The Textile Restoration Studio), 'Buried Textile Treasures'

Gillian Stapleton (Costume Historian), ‘Jane Eyre- The Well Dressed Governess’

Veronica Isaac (Department of Theatre and Performance, V&A), 'Ellen Terry (1847-1928): Highlights from the wardrobe of 'The Painter's Actress' '

Sarah Heaton & Deborah Wynne (University of Chester), ‘Costume on Film’

The Great Gatsby, dir. Baz Luhrmann (2013)

For a free ticket, contact: Deborah Wynne

Textile Stories

English Department

University of Chester

Saturday 6th July 2013 at 2pm

Reading Pride and Prejudice

& the Drama of Costume

Jane Austen

A celebration of the novel’s 200-year history and its screen adaptations

Elizabeth Bennett (Jennifer Ehle) in the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen’s Drawing of the Pattern of Lace on her Cloak

All Welcome:

Just bring along your enthusiasm and a copy of Pride and Prejudice!

If you would like to take part in the reading group discussion, contact Deborah Wynne:
English Department
University of Chester
Parkgate Road

Textile Stories: The Fabric of Everyday Life

Saturday 15th June 2013

English Department

University of Chester

This study day is open to all who are interested in the ways in which textiles tell stories, whether they concern family histories, personal identity, or local communities. Do you have an item of clothing which tells an interesting story? Have you ever made an item from or with textiles which means something special to you? Do you find the clothing of the past of particular fascination? Are film and television ‘costume dramas’ compelling viewing because of the drama of costume? Do you just want to find out more about textiles, fabrics, clothes and costumes and their remarkable stories? If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then contact Deborah Wynne ( for more information and a ticket to this free one-day event.

There will be a number of activities and talks including:

Lynne Webster and David Backhouse (The Yorkshire Fashion Archive, University of Leeds)

’Down Memory Lane: Yorkshire’s Heritage Examined through Clothing’


Viv Gardner (Emeritus Professor of Theatre Studies, University of Manchester)

‘All that Glitters…: The 5th Marquis of Anglesey’s Clothes and Costumes’


Amber Regis (Sheffield) and Deborah Wynne (Chester)

‘Reading Miss Havisham’s Dress: Screening Great Expectations

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