This three-year project, running from 2009 to 2012, aims to prepare a scholarly catalogue of over 200 tapestries in the Burrell Collection.
The Burrell Collection’s tapestries are one of the largest and most important non-royal tapestry collections in the world. They range from modest cushion covers to rich wall-hangings. Most of them were made in the late medieval period, between 1400 and 1600.
Despite previous attempts to catalogue the collection, the results have never been published and the tapestries are not as well known to scholars or to the public as they should be.
This project will result in a fully illustrated catalogue with stunning new photographs of all the tapestries in the collection. It will also feature up-to-date information resulting from current research by expert scholars.
All of the tapestries are also being closely examined by specialist conservation staff, who are writing detailed reports about their current condition.
A related project, the analysis of dyes used by tapestry-weavers, is being undertaken by a PhD student based at Edinburgh University. The results of this research will, we hope, help to identify the origin of some of the more enigmatic tapestries in the collection.
A related public programme of talks, workshops and other tapestry-related displays and activities accompanies the project.
The project and related public programme has been supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Museums and Galleries Scotland.
Visit the Studies in Western Tapestry website for a detailed view of tapestry studies world-wide.