The Stroud District is world-famous for the production of high quality woollen cloth which was traded internationally. So were other European-made woollen cloths.
Exeter-based conservator, Morwena Stephens, has been researching tradecloths from the South West of England.
The Wrapping the Globe exhibition is based on her work with contributions from the other partner organisations. It looks at:
Its history, how it was made and its properties.
The ways in which tradecloth has been used by communities around the world.
The cloth was exported to North America and Asia. It was used to make and decorate clothing and other items.
With thanks to
Lots of people and several different organisations have helped to make this exhibition possible:
Jane Burkinshaw Royal Albert Memorial Museum
Jean Bruce Canadian Museum of Civilisation
Dominique Cocuzza National Museum of the American Indian
Carolyn Corey Textile dyer and historian
Michele Crawley Museum in the Park, Stroud
Sherry Doyal Horniman Museum
Terry Eldridge Stroudwater Textile Trust
Jane Ford Stroudwater Textile Trust
David Garner Royal Albert Memorial Museum
Susan Hayward Museum in the Park, Stroud
Susan Heald National Museum of the American Indian
Kevin Jones Royal Albert Memorial Museum
John Loosely Stroudwater Textile Trust
Kathy Macdonald Digital Stroud Partnership
Ian Mackintosh Stroudwater Textile Trust
Lucy Osude Digital Stroud Partnership
Len Pole Royal Albert Memorial Museum
Chris Reed Royal Albert Memorial Museum
J. Rex Riddick Crazy Crow Trading Post
Jill Shonk Museum in the Park, Stroud
Geoffrey Slater Coldharbour Mill Museum
Angela Smith Museum in the Park, Stroud
Morwena Stephens textile conservator and project co-ordinator
Cory Willmott Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville Smithsonian Institution
Members of staff and volunteers in other partner organisations
The Museum in the Park (Lead partner)
The Royal Albert Memorial Museum (Lead partner)
Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Stroudwater Textile Trust
Gloucestershire Records Office
This project has been generously supported by:
Heritage Lottery Fund
Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) Research Centre for Textile Conservation and Textile Studies