Hidden in Stores - Lace from the V&A Museum collection
From April 6th to June 21st 2019

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

One of the pieces of lace that will be on display.

The Hidden in Stores exhibition, in association with the V&A, is generating much excitement in the UK lace making community.

Exhibits lent to The Lace Guild through the national Arts Council Ready to Borrow scheme include: a rare coloured Honiton shawl, exquisite examples of Milanese lace; early 3D English needle lace; and a purse by Ros Hills, one of the only contemporary lace makers to be held in the V&A Collection.

Ann Day, Assistant Curator at the Lace Guild, said: "We will have some amazing lace in the exhibition. Some pieces have never been out on display, and others have probably not been seen at a public exhibition for at least 50 years. We are delighted the V&A has agreed to lend us these eight pieces, allowing significant exhibits to reach a new audience. In addition to the V&A lace, we will be exhibiting lace from the nationally-renowned Spriggs Collection, which is currently on loan to us."


A series of lace making workshops, ranging from beginners Bobbin Lace through to more specialised classes, will run alongside the exhibition. And locals will be able to attend our Museums at Night and Neighbours Night events. A lace identification day will also be held in May.


Hidden in Stores is part of Arts Council England’s Ready to Borrow scheme where regional museums can apply to exhibit items from national collections. So far, the fund has helped nine museums in the Midlands with investments totalling nearly £700,000.


The Lace Guild is open Wednesday to Saturday, apart from Bank Holidays, during the exhibition.


Workshops taught by national lace experts take place on 27 April, 11 and 12 May, 1 and 2 June, 8 and 9 June, 22 June, at the Red Cone (sat nav DY8 4AZ), plus 15 and 16 June at the White Cone (DY8 4FB). For more details, click here to see the Workshops page.

Also displayed in the exhibition there will be pieces from the Spriggs Collection,

such as these shown below.

This exhibition is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

and by the Art Fund.