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Dress and Décor: Domestic Textiles and Personal Adornment in Scotland up to 1700, 23-24 March 2018

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Dress and Décor: Domestic Textiles and Personal Adornment in Scotland up to 1700 is an interdisciplinary workshop being held at the University of St Andrews on 23-24 March 2018.

With a focus on the rich field of dress and textile history in a Scottish context, it will bring together diverse scholars including historians, archaeologists, and museum professionals. The principal speakers will discuss dress and tapestries at the court of James V, finds from Viking graves, and the role of belief systems in medieval dress.

These talks will be supplemented by panel sessions on royal ceremony and display, the production and circulation of textiles, and personal adornment, with speakers addressing topics such as the use of textiles in marriage and funerals, manufacture and trade, and jewellery as cultural symbol. There will also be an object session at which collections specialists will display items from the University’s museum and library collections.

The aim is to bring together scholars with diverse perspectives on, and approaches to, the study of material history, and to examine the role of dress and textiles in wider historical narratives.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Lucy Dean, University of the Highlands & Islands - 'Gifts, Gowns, and Thistles of Gold: Managing Material Display in the Marriages of James IV, James V, and James VI'
  • Professor Chris Smout, University of St Andrews - 'Making and Trading Dress and Décor in Seventeenth Century Scotland'
  • Dr David Caldwell - 'Early Evidence for the Wearing of Plaids in Scotland and their Significance'

The event is kindly funded by the Institute of Scottish Historical Research, which is currently celebrating the tenth anniversary of its foundation.

Registration for attendance is open until 9 March 2018 via Event Brite. For more information, visit the conference website.

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