The V&A brings together a selection of the most outstanding examples of English Medieval embroidery.
During the 12–15th centuries England established itself as a master producer of rich and intricate high-quality luxury embroideries. The creation of professional craftspeople in the City of London, they were referred to as Opus Anglicanum (English work) and sought after by kings, queens, popes and cardinals across Europe.
This autumn the museum provides a rare opportunity to see an incredible array of surviving examples in one place – some of which have not been displayed in Britain since they were produced. The embroideries are joined by paintings, illuminated manuscripts, metalwork and stained glass that offer insight into the time in which they were created.