Voysey textile designs at the Cummersdale Design Collection.

Peart, Tony (2013) Voysey textile designs at the Cummersdale Design Collection. The Orchard, 2 . pp. 21-27.

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Abstract

The Cummersdale Design Collection, owned by the John Lewis Partnership, is a remarkable working archive of over 25,000 textile designs, which provide a comprehensive overview of the evolving trends, fashions and design movements of the last 200 years. Until the summer of 2012 the collection was housed at the Stead McAlpin print works at Cummersdale, a small village on the outskirts of Carlisle in the north of Cumbria. Although known to some textile designers and scholars, the collection’s geographic remoteness from London and the south east meant that it was rarely visited and, as a result, its true significance as a resource has yet to be widely appreciated. The collection has recently relocated to a purpose-built heritage centre at John Lewis’s Odney Club in Cookham, Berkshire, and is due to open in September 2013. In its new, more accessible home, the archive will attract many more design scholars and hopefully its immense value as a unique resource will be more widely recognised and fully exploited.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: The Orchard
Publisher: The C.F.A. Voysey Society
ISSN: 2050-2400
Departments: Fine Arts
Depositing User: Christian Stretton
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2020 10:48
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2020 08:10
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/5479

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