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.

Time and Tide Museum

Blackfriars Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 3BX

01493 743930


Opening times

1st November 2018 - 31st March 2019

Mon - Fri, 10am - 4pm

Saturday & Sunday, 12pm - 4pm

1st April - 31st October 2019

Daily, 10am - 4:30pm

Free entry with National Art Pass

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