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Warp and Weft: The Public and Private Lives of Hilary Bourne and Barbara Allen

by Jane Traies

Thu 16 November 2023
6:00 pm
- 7:30 pm

£17

About the Talk

In this talk, Jane Traies looks at the shared private life that underpinned Hilary Bourne and Barbara Allen’s success.

Hilary and Barbara lived together for nearly 40 years. They ran the highly successful textile studio Bourne & Allen, which designed and produced textiles for the costumes for Ben Hur, the curtains for the Royal Festival Hall and the cushion covers for the UK’s first jet planes.

The museum’s exhibition; Double Weave: Bourne and Allen’s Modernist Textiles aims to restore Bourne and Allen to their rightful place in the history of textiles in the mid-twentieth century.

Join Jane Traies, one of the curatorial team for Double Weave for an enlightening talk on these incredible women.

About the Speaker

Jane Traies is a local writer, researcher, and historian whose work often focusses on the hidden lives of women. Jane is the author of several works of oral history and writes historical fiction under the name Jay Taverner.

Doors at 6pm talk starts at 6.45pm. Your ticket includes a look around the museum and a glass of wine/soft drink.

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