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Dress and Décor

The Institute of Scottish Historical Research (University of St Andrews) presents Dress and Décor: Domestic Textiles and Personal Adornment in Scotland up to 1700, an interdisciplinary workshop held at the University of St Andrews in March 2018 as part of ISHR’s tenth anniversary celebrations. With panel discussions and four diverse keynote presentations, the conference brought together a wide range of researchers from the burgeoning fields of Scottish history and dress and textile history in an interdisciplinary environment.


Event Schedule:

Friday 23 March 2018

09:00 – Doors open

09:15 – Welcome and Introduction

09:30 – Dr Sally Rush, University of Glasgow
‘‘with golden wyre to weave her curled head’: the chafferon at the court of James V’

10:30 – Royal Ceremony and Display in the Sixteenth Century

Dr Lucy Dean, University of the Highlands and Islands
‘Gifts, Gowns, and Thistles of Gold: Managing Material Display in the Marriages of James IV, James V, and James VI’
Rosalind Mearns, University of Exeter
‘A French Connection: A Comparative Examination of French Dress and Accessories in the Double Portrait of James V and Mary of Guise’
Perin Westerhof Nyman, University of St Andrews
‘Material Mourning, Majesty, and Meaning: Political Display and Public Grief in the Dress and Décor of Scottish Royal Funerals, 1537-1542’

11:50 – Tea Break

12:10 – Helen Wyld, National Museums Scotland
‘Tapestries at the Court of James V’

13:10 – Lunch

14:10 – University of St Andrews Collections Session

Claire Robinson, Museum of the University of St Andrews
‘A Pair of Early Seventeenth-Century Gauntlet Gloves given by King Charles I’
Dr Briony Harding, Special Collections, University of St Andrews
‘Embroidered Bookbindings from Special Collections’

14:55 – The Production and Circulation of Textiles

Nora Epstein, University of St Andrews
‘Textual Textiles: Early Modern Domestic Decorations and the Circulation of Printed Images in Scotland’
Prof. Chris Smout, University of St Andrews
‘Making and Trading Dress and Décor in Seventeenth Century Scotland’

15:50 – Tea Break

16:10 – Viking Graves: A Dialogue

Caroline Paterson, University of Glasgow
‘What does dress tell us about the cultural identity of those interred in the Viking graves of Scotland?’
Dr Susan Freeman, University of the Highlands and Islands
‘Textile Finds from Scottish Viking Graves – Towards a Re-evaluation’

17:35 – Wine Reception

19:00 – Dinner at Zizzi

Saturday 24 March 2018

09:15 – Tea and coffee

09:30 – Dr Mark Hall, Perth Museum and Art Gallery
‘Magic, Belief, Status and Identity: Dressing for Success in Medieval Scotland’

10:30 – Dress, Accessories, and Jewellery: Their Role in Cultural Identity

Lyndsay McGill, National Museums Scotland
‘Fede Rings: Enduring Personal Adornment’
Rhona Ramsay, University of Stirling
‘Who Made the Turreted Brooches of Argyll?’
Dr David Caldwell, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
‘Early Evidence for the Wearing of Plaids in Scotland and their Significance’

11:50 – Tea Break

12:10 – Roundtable Discussion

13:00 – End


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