Recorded Lecture: ‘A Material World – Revealing the Coventry Tapestry through Conservation’, Alison Lister, The Warburg Institute

The process of conserving a historic artefact provides opportunities to gather data on its composition and condition that can inform its future interpretation, presentation, and preservation. In this seminar, Alison Lister (Textile Conservation Limited) will describe and illustrate the initial results of a detailed examination and assessment of the late 15th/early 16th century tapestry from St Mary’s Guildhall, Coventry. This 9m long by 3m high tapestry, woven in wool and silk, was made specifically for the building and is believed to depict King Henry VI and his wife Margaret of Anjou. As part of a major refurbishment of the Guildhall, the tapestry is undergoing conservation to prepare it for redisplay, providing a rare opportunity to record key features of its materials, structure, design, and alterations that can then be made available to the public.

Presented by Alison Lister (Textile Conservation Limited)

This event is part of the A Material World, which brings together academics and heritage professionals from a wide range of disciplines to discuss issues concerning historical objects, their materials, forms, and functions, as well as their conservation, presentation, display, and reconstruction.

This event took place on 3 December 2021.


Published by Ellie Wilson

Ellie Wilson holds a First Class Honours in the History of Art from the University of Bristol, with a particular focus on Medieval Florence. In 2020 she achieved a Distinction in her MA at The Courtauld Institute of Art, where she specialised in the art and architecture of Medieval England under the supervision of Dr Tom Nickson. Her dissertation focussed on an alabaster altarpiece, and its relationship with the cult of St Thomas Becket in France and the Chartreuse de Vauvert. Her current research focusses on the artistic patronage of London’s Livery Companies immediately pre and post-Reformation. Ellie will begin a PhD at the University of York in Autumn 2021 with a WRoCAH studentship, under the supervision of Professor Tim Ayers and Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein.

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