Eleri Lynn Elizabeth I’s Lost Dress
For centuries, the Bacton Altar Cloth had been preserved in the small parish church in Bacton, Herefordshire. The exquisite embroidery of silk, gold, and silver, on a cloth of silver silk, sat oddly with the small rural church, and there was speculation that it must somehow be associated with Bacton’s most famous native – Blanche Parry, Chief Gentlewoman and life-long companion of Elizabeth I.
In 2016, the altar cloth was loaned to Historic Royal Palaces, where specialist conservation and research work uncovered proof that the cloth was originally, in fact, an item of late Elizabethan dress – the tantalising evidence pointing to the court … and person of the Virgin Queen herself.
Join Eleri Lynn, Curator (Collections), Historic Royal Palaces, as she presents a preview of the altar cloth’s story.
The Bacton Altar Cloth will be on display at Hampton Court Palace from 12 October 2019 to 23 February 2020.
Book Tickets: £12.00
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