Work by weavers from the 1930s to present day

The Centre holds a strong collection of 20th century hand-woven textiles and represents a broad spectrum of makers in this medium. Significant of these are Ethel Mairet whose workshop in Ditchling in Sussex was seminal in the training of a whole generation of weavers from the 1930s and '40s: Elizabeth Peacock, Barbara Sawyer, Theo Moorman, Alice Hindson, Marianne Straub who also designed for industry and is remembered for her upholstery designs for the London Underground, Rita Beales who pioneered the use of linen in weave, Ursula Brock, rugs by Gwen and Barbara Mullins.

Our later 20th century collections include panels by Peter Collingwood and Amelia Uden, work by Ann Lander, Anne Richards, Alison Morton, Sue Hartree, Geraldine St Aubyn-Hubbard and ikat-woven pieces by Mary Restieaux. The following are a selection of makers represented in the collection.

Pioneers and their practice: woven textiles
by Margot Coatts