Lace Unarchived brings together a diverse group of designers and artists from across the UK who have each interpreted Nottingham lace in a unique and contemporary way.

The exhibition includes lengths of contemporary lace by multi award-winning and nationally acclaimed textile designers, Timorous Beasties. Light emitting fabrics inspired by Nottingham lace technologies by Sarah Taylor, Senior Research Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University and Sara Robertson,Tutor at the Royal College of Art, will also feature in the show.

On display is a complete final collection and unseen development work by high-street women’s fashion brand, Oasis. Telling the story of Nottingham lace, Oasis have reimagined some of the 75,000 antique lace samples housed in the Lace Archive at Nottingham Trent University. The collection also features a garment by Final Year BA (Hons) Fashion Design student, Robert Goddard.

The exhibition will also include works by Mal Burkinshaw, Programme Director of Fashion at the University of Edinburgh in collaboration with Sophie Hallette Lace; filmmaker Matthew Woodham; and artist James Winnett, all of which will be presented alongside samples of machine-made lace dating back to the early 1800s.

Invited for the diversity of their work, the contributors have all studied the intricacies of Nottingham lace and its technology to create pieces that not only celebrates the rich heritage of lace, but also preserves its place in contemporary design for the future.

Visit our blog to read more about the exhibiting artists and the history of the Lace Archive.




» Light Night
Friday 23 February 2018
This exhibition is just one of many activities by NTU for Light Night 2018

» Lace Unravelled Symposium
Thursday 15 and Friday 16 March 2018
The Lace Unravelled symposium marks the conclusion of an 18-month research project, exploring Nottingham City Museums and Galleries’ world-class collection of lace and lace machinery.

Lace Unravelled is made possible by Arts Council England Designation Development funding.

» Nottingham Trent University Lace Archive Tours (sold out)
Saturday 17 March 2018 (booking required)



Fri 23 Feb 2018 - Thu 29 Mar 2018


Friday 23 February, 6 pm – 9 pm (as part of Nottingham Light Night); Monday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm; Saturdays, 11 am – 3 pm

This exhibition is open to the general public and admission is free.



Wed 14 Mar 2018


(late opening) 5 pm – 7 pm

If you would like to attend this event please RSVP to confirm your attendance.