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Working from home can have it's highs and lows. In these uncertain times the Textiles Group are hoping to add a little light to your week by pulling together a shortlist of digital events taking place. The list will be updated every Friday with suggestions for the following week. If you or your institution are hosting an event you'd like to share with us, please reach out to Hannah at or @ICON_Textiles on Twitter. We want to share arts/heritage related events, especially those with a textile or conservation focus. 

Monday 25th May: If you're on social media you may have seen London's Fashion Alphabet from the Museum of London. Their team has now uploaded all their object videos to their website so you can puruse from Hardy Amies right through to the Rahvis sisters (with more letters to come!). 

Tuesday 26th May: Looking for some bedtime (or sunny afternoon) reading? The MetPublications website hosts 100s of free to download books, including over 200 fashion and textile titles. Many can be downloaded as a PDF or flicked through on Google Scholar.

Wednesday 27th May:  The V&A has launched a series of exhibition tour videos taking you through "Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk". Join Anna Jackson, Keeper of the Asian Department, explore all five sections of the show.

Thursday 28th May: It's a double bill of royal fashion history this evening. From 7pm Lucy Worsley and Eleri Lynn discuss royal fashion through the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection. Then at 8pm (3pm EST) join The National Arts Club in New York as they hear from guest lecturer Dr Kate Strasdin discuss her work on the wardobe of Queen Alexandra. Both events are free, but are accepting donations.

Friday 29th May: June 10th is the Icon Textile Group AGM. For more information and registration please check here: Information is being added over the week so please check back on Friday for more details.


If you're a member of Icon or have considered coming to one of our "real life" events, please fill out our event survey. This will help us with ensure events are as accessible as possible for all who want to attend. We want your input on event location, cost and lead-in time. It only takes a couple of minutes to complete the survey.


Suggestions from previous weeks can be found below...

Get Crafty:


Exhibition tours and highlights


Online learning and CPD

Podcasts and TV Shows



Tell us what you're up to; let us know how it's going; share your stories and ideas.   

Twitter: @ICON_Textiles. Facebook: ICON Textile Group.

Icon has a dedicated page for guidance on Coronavirus: Icon News is looking for short impact pieces from it's members. If you have something you want to share with the conservation community please send a message to

Title Image: Barong Tagalog made of piña cloth, Used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.