Frayed: Textiles on the Edge

Historic and contemporary pieces are brought together to examine how textile has been used as a medium for self expression throughout the ages.

A pair of three-metre-long embroidered 'letters', each covered entirely in text, are displayed together for the first time.

The first was made by Lorina Bulwer while she was an inmate in the lunatic wing of Great Yarmouth Workhouse between 1901 and 1905, while the second is the handiwork of Anna Margaretta Brereton, made during a period of deep mourning that followed the loss of her two children in 1801. 

Alongside these are other significant loans, including the Elizabeth Parker sampler from the V&A collection, in which the troubled young woman embroiders confessions of her sins and contemplates suicide.

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Textile work by Tracey Emin provides a contemporary example of the sampler in practice, drawing connections between the past and artists working today.

Venue details

Time and Tide Museum Blackfriars Road, Great Yarmouth Norfolk NR30 3BX 01493 743930

Entry details

Free entry with National Art Pass
Free entry to exhibitions with National Art Pass

Jan 31 Mar
Mon – Fri, 10am 4pm
Sat Sun,12noon 4pm

1 Apr – 30 Oct
Daily, 10am 4.30pm

31 Oct 1 Apr 2017
Mon Fri,10am  4pm
Sat – Sun, 12noon – 4pm