Bourne & Allen: Double Weave

7pm - 8.30pm : Online

Textiles Online event

The work of a modernist creative couple.

Shortly before the second world war, two women, Hilary Bourne and Barbara Allen, set up a home and weaving life together.

For more than 30 years the couple grew their own dye plants and vat dyed their own yarns. They wove tweeds for Fortnum and Mason and spun silk scarves for Liberty.

In the 1950s they produced textiles for large public buildings, such as the Royal Festival Hall, and for Hollywood films, such as Ben Hur.

Photograph of Hilary Bourne and Barbara Allen seated
Hilary Bourne, Barbara Allen and their dog, with thanks to Lucie Broadbent Smith

This online talk is by Dr Jane Hattrick, the co-curator of an exhibition about Bourne and Allen's work and life, which is at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, in Sussex, until 14 April 2024.

Dr Hattrick moved to Norfolk in 2017, after a career as a lecturer at the University of Brighton, specialising in dress history and material culture. She is now an independent researcher living in Norwich.

£5 - C&TA members

£7 - Non-members

This talk complements the C&TA's anniversary exhibition, which is free to enter in The Forums ground floor Gallery, throughout the festival. See below.

While all safety measures will be taken and advice given, you participate in free activities and workshops at your own risk.