Practitioners and specialists offer the opportunity for
students to experience different techniques and expand
their knowledge of individual subjects.
Our growing collection of textiles, paper designs, ledgers, historical dress
and accessories supports our workshops, events and study days, and is
also available for individual, as well as commercial research.
Patron: Mary Schoeser
Mary Schoeser is an internationally respected textile and wallpaper historian who has published
widely and has worked in collaboration with many institutions over her 40 year career, including
the V&A, English Heritage, the National Trust and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
My life-long interest in design and textiles has been sustained by access to a wonderfully diverse
range of people and things. These range from the most creative of textile designers and artists to
the fascinating sample books and other records to be found within companies and archives
across the UK and elsewhere.
Because much that I’ve learned has been through the generosity of others, the School for me is
an opportunity to return these favours by sharing the insights I’ve gathered over the years.
I’ve been lucky enough to apply my knowledge as a writer, broadcaster and consultant archivist
and historic interiors advisor. So – with the input of invited speakers, workshop leaders and
Director, Kate Wigley, our events reflect this breadth of activity. My goal is to share, to stimulate
and, occasionally, to surprise!