The current temporary exhibition within the Mappa Mundi & Chained Library Exhibition is
'A Stitch in Time', exploring the history of wool and its mark on history.
‘A Stitch in Time; Wool’s Mark on History’
28th September – 31st December 2013
'A Stitch in Time; Wool’s Mark on History’, draws upon a varied collection of exhibits to showcase the story of wool. The production of wool to yarn dates back thousands of years and can in many respects be seen as one of the most important raw materials in British history. No other industry has enjoyed such widespread continuity and prestige. It has throughout time fulfilled the basic human need for clothing and protection, yet despite the rise in synthetic fabrics, has remained an important and unique product which is increasingly recognised as a high quality and sustainable material with many versatile uses.
The exhibition features rare books and documents from the cathedral library and archives and includes photography by the renowned Herefordshire businessman, Alfred Watkins, a traditional shepherd's smock and a nineteenth century spinning wheel. To compliment the exhibition practical textile demonstrations, talks, and a sheep trail will also take place.
As Reverend Canon Chris Pullin says: “Every time I robe myself in a cassock I’m putting a woollen garment on, and it reminds me of the long connection of this cathedral and its ancient estates with the rural life and economy of Herefordshire and Shropshire. The exhibition makes innovative links through time between a great church and one of England’s most iconic products. More than one bishop of Hereford served as Lord Chancellor of England – and what does the Lord Chancellor sit on in the House of Lords? A woolsack!”
Opening times and admission prices can be found here: Visit Us
For a list of supporting events and workshops between 14th - 31st October click here
In addition to 'A Stitch in Time', displayed in the nave of the cathedral is a contemporary textile exhibition entitled 'The Journey' by Jaqui Frost
20 September – 8 November
South Choir Aisle, Hereford Cathedral
Open: Daily from 9.15am until Evensong
The Journey is one of a series of textile art displays by Jacqui Frost, on an ongoing tour of the cathedrals of England.
For hundreds of years, The Stations of the Cross have been a traditional sequence of ideas and images, explored by artists and writers, and used by Christians to make a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer, meditating on key scenes of Christ’s Passion (his suffering and crucifixion). In The Journey, textile artist Jacqui Frost has started thinking about the Stations and developed her ideas into a personal journey which is both beautiful and intriguing. It draws on images old and new, familiar and unusual.
Ten screens take us on the last stages of the journey of Jesus. A journey where his love for all people was overwhelming, a journey which started with immense pain and sadness, a journey whose destination turned out to be joy and glory.
The Journey represents a personal response to aspects of faith, brought here by the Deo Gloria Trust. For more information, visit www.cathedralexhibition.org.uk..
The publicaion 'Threads through Life', published by the Deo Gloria Trust is available in The Cathedral Shop