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As an escape from the build up to Christmas, on 6 December 2016, thirty fellows and members were transported back to early medieval Europe by the Opus Anglicanum, with its stunning embroidery.

Anne Haworth of the Victoria and Albert Museum unfolded the origin, background and survival of extraordinary pieces of ecclesiastical and secular embroidery including the breathtaking Butler-Bowden cope.

The talk, in a 'behind the scenes' seminar room,  was an excellent introduction to the exhibition, helping us to look for  stitches, motifs and details we might otherwise have missed.

The exhibition gives not only a vision of how resplendent church vestments were, but also an insight into the lives and work of the many embroiderers, mostly women, based east of St Paul's and south of Cheapside, and the lively figures they stitched.

Forthcoming Events

  • Saturday 5th January, 2019

    The Sion College Afternoon at the Panto: Peter Pan Richmond Theatre, Little Green, Richmond TW9...

  • Wednesday 23rd January, 2019

    A Sion College Seminar Supper with Roger Trigg: Science and Religion: Conflict or Cooperation The...

  • Wednesday 6 February

    Seminar Supper: Preaching in Lent Speaker: Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark The Oxford & Cambridge Club,...

  • Tuesday 19 February

    Evening Visit:A guided tour of the Mithraeum,followed by dinner A Sion College Visit to the...

  • Friday 22 February

    Afternoon Visit: The Supreme Court, followed by tea at Westminster Abbey Speaker: Baroness Hale of...

  • Friday 1 March

    Seminar Supper: Islam in London: a journalist reflects Speaker: Mobeen Azhar, BBC journalist and...

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