The exhibition explores Devon’s lace industry through the eyes of Devon lace-makers past and present, including those who made lace for the royal family.

This new exhibition will unravel the threads of some previously untold stories, revealing the beauty and technical skill of Devon lace and the history of the people who wore it.

A replica of Queen Victoria's wedding dress and lace worn by actress Jenna Coleman in the ITV production Victoria, will both feature in the exhibition. Portraits and photographs of Queen Victoria lent by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from the Royal Collection will show Victoria's great affection for her Devon-made lace which she wore on many subsequent occasions, including her Jubilee in 1887.

The displays, made up of loans from public, private and the RAMM’s extensive lace collections, will also give voice to the unacknowledged makers who often suffered hardship, poverty and discrimination. Men, women and children all made lace, and the trade often provided work for people who were physically less able.

The exhibition was made possible by support of The Textile Society and Devon Lace Teachers, and generous loans from Her Majesty The Queen; Allhallows Museum, Honiton; Fairlynch Museum and Art Centre, Budleigh Salterton, Exeter Cathedral, Woodbury C of E Primary School and private collectors.


Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

Queen Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3RX

01392 665858


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