The Ornate & The Beautiful

16th April - 31st August

The exhibition showcases artefacts and archival material charting the rich history of textile design and beautiful artefacts of worship through the history of the Church from the 14th century to modern day.

On display will be items from the collections of Downside Abbey, The Bishop’s Palace and Wells Cathedral, many of which have never been on public display before.

Aside from the historic examples of vestments, the exhibition features photographs of some of the items in use and smaller items of stunning jewellery and adornment.

The focus is on telling the story of the fine craftsmanship and the awe inspiring beauty of the textiles and is supplemented by interpretation contemporary to the creation of these artefacts, as well as contextual interpretation of fashions in church vestments linked to the ever changing history of the church.