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Before the Zip - the invisible history of textiles and their makers

Talks - History; Talks - Arts and Culture; Talks - General Interest

Event Description

Clothes, what would we do without them? On the other hand, we tend to take them for granted, easily available, cheap and disposable. This talk re-introduces the 'invisible history' of textiles from thread and weaving, to decoration and the clothes and fastenings of our ancestors in the near and far past. Along the way we will get insight into the invisible makers and why thread and cloth have been so important to world history.

  • Duration: 45 mins
  • Online Zoom Event: An event held in person
  • Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 45
Sun Jester

Meet The Speaker, Sun Jester

Graham, Towse and Bronwen Harrison have presented a variety of informal talks and musical entertainments for adult groups since 2014. Offering a wide range of topics, their aim is to enlighten, divert and amuse.  For over 25 years, Sun Jester have worked in the education, heritage and entertainment sectors with many and varied organisations such as English Heritage, National Trust and prominent heritage sites and museums. Graham has a passion for military and social history, Towse is a historian and museum professional; both are archaeology enthusiasts while Bronwen is a professional musician and vocalist.

Preparing for the Event

For the best experience, you will need to have Zoom downloaded onto your computer. Please ensure you're connected to broadband/wifi rather than using your mobile phone connection (3G/4G).

We also recommend that pets are either calmly sitting on your lap or in another room, and any refreshments you may require are within your reach!

Reviews

Janet

June 2021

5 out of 5

Very interesting. I learnt things that I didn't know, and I will be looking at costumes in museums slightly differently now.

Hazel

June 2021

5 out of 5

Excellent. Very good speaker who knew her subject and is very able to cross into other connected subjects

Mary

June 2021

5 out of 5

Really interesting and would like to know more

Christine

June 2021

4 out of 5

Really good to listen to the history of fabric.

Anne

June 2021

5 out of 5

Excellent presentation. Interesting, presented in an engaging style that was easy to follow. Some good visuals too. Thank you.

Margaret

June 2021

5 out of 5

I thought the talk was brilliant and could have continued with it a lot longer. I thought my niece would be very interested and would welcome news of a repeat broadcast.

Mary

June 2021

4 out of 5

I found the talk very interesting

David

June 2021

5 out of 5

Excellent. Interesting and well-presented

Julie

June 2021

5 out of 5

Fascinating subject, excellent speaker and good pictures