Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces Of English Medieval Embroidery at Victoria and Albert Museum


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Discover rare surviving examples of exquisite embroidery with Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery at Victoria and Albert Museum.

Known as “opus anglicanum” (“English work” in Latin), these highly-prized objects were known as the most luxurious embroideries in medieval Europe. Admire more than 100 of these beautiful items, handmade in England (mostly in London) of silk, and gold and silver thread.

Learn about the life of important Middle Age figures who owned these precious embroideries, from Thomas Becket to Edward I and Queen Eleanor of Castile. Showcasing the wonders of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collection, the exhibition is a great opportunity to shed new light on the elaborate art of embroidery, and to evaluate its impact on medieval culture, society and trade.


Venue Details & Map

Victoria and Albert Museum

Cromwell Road
South Kensington
+44 (0)20 7942 2000
Public transport:
Tube: South Kensington, Knightsbridge Train: Victoria. Follow the Museums tunnel from South Kensington Underground.

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