Was Jane Morris a sphinx without a secret?

18 June 2022 9:00 am

Jane Morris, the Pre-Raphaelites’ favourite model, remains as enigmatic as ever, says Frances Wilson

There’s no programme in the world like Desert Island Discs

23 February 2019 9:00 am

At the end of January, I had the honour and pleasure of being on Desert Island Discs. I liked Lauren…

Detail of Miao embroidery from south-west China. Motifs, inspired by ancient Miao songs and legends, are handed down from generation to generation

Spinning yarns: uplifting stories told through needlework

2 February 2019 9:00 am

In this unusual book, part memoir, part history, Clare Hunter offers a personal meditation on the textile arts. Sewing and…

War horse: horse headdress made of felt, leather and wood, late 4th–early 3rd century BC

The icemen cometh

23 September 2017 9:00 am

You wouldn’t want to stumble upon the Scythians. Armed with battle-axes, bows and daggers, and covered in fearsome tattoos, the…

Weaving Scotland's history

14 December 2013 9:00 am

A couple of years ago, while tracking down paintings for the Public Catalogue Foundation in the far north of Scotland,…

English embroidery: the forgotten wonder of the medieval world

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Think of an art at which the English have excelled and I doubt you would come up with the word…