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Shetland Textile Museum talkRead MoreAugust 18, 2018


This week, I have been asked to give a talk on the fabrics in the collection at the Shetland Textile Museum in Lerwick.

African textilesRead MoreMarch 3, 2018


We have a new book for the library; African Textiles published by Thames and Hudson.

A trip to South AfricaRead MoreDecember 2, 2017


After a month's rest, we are back from a holiday in South Africa where we saw some amazing things.

The National ArchivesRead MoreSeptember 23, 2017

The National Archive at Kew is the repository for documents of national importance but did you know that it also has an extensive textile collection?

The making of Cecil Skotnes's tapestryRead MoreMay 27, 2017

Marguerite Stephens explains in this video the making of a tapestry for the President Hotel in South Africa.

West African weavingRead MoreOctober 10, 2015

A few weeks ago I bought a book about weaving in West Africa and have just mangled to get around reading it.

Pollution in AfricaRead MoreOctober 6, 2015


If you have the stomach for some powerful images, have a look at this series of photographs which use rubbish to make a point about pollution in Africa.

Venice Biennale award for El AnatsuiRead MoreApril 25, 2015

The Venice Biennale has give a Lifetime Achievement Golden Lion award to the artist, El Anatsui, for his contribution to international art and his influence on other West African artists.

Medicine and the artsRead MoreMarch 11, 2015

A growing interest worldwide in the role of the arts in medicine is gathering pace. And now we can all learn more about it on Africa's first MOOC...

A little AfricaRead MoreFebruary 14, 2015


It has been a week of interesting happenings, mainly through our plans for expanding (how exciting!) but with odd titbits that have come our way. One of the themes has been Africa.