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On 15th June Aimée Payton, Eastern Art Administrator at the Ashmolean Museum will be providing an insight into the exhibition she has curated: Embroidered Bodies: Garments, stitches and stories from the Ashmolean, which is currently running at the Broadway Museum & Art Gallery.

Aimée will be giving a talk on the articles on display which she has selected from the Ashmolean Museum’s rich collection, which includes thousands of textiles. The clothing she will talk about includes an eighteenth-century Englishman’s waistcoat, a Japanese coat from the opening years of the twentieth century and a Chinese robe called an Ao.

The historic and and visual elements of clothing and textiles have been important throughout Aimée’s career. After studying Technical Theatre Arts at University of Manchester she completed her Masters in the History of Design and Decorative Art at University of Brighton, giving her an understanding of the construction, history, and meaning of garments and textiles. Her Master’s thesis looked at costume research methods at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, which led to a position as Costume Research Assistant at the Globe.

Aimée has been at the Ashmolean Museum for over a decade as Eastern Art Administrator. During this time she has worked with the textile collection whenever possible by project managing, assisting with exhibitions, and giving talks.

She also co-ordinated two hugely successful Big Stitch events at the Ashmolean and curated Head over Heels, an exhibition of hats and shoes that form part of collections from museums across Oxfordshire and was displayed at the Museum of Oxfordshire. For seven years she has been the Chair of Oxford Asian Textiles Group and in her spare time she makes clothes and enjoys other textile crafts.
Embroidered Bodies is the summer exhibition at the Broadway Museum and Art Gallery, located at 65 High Street, Broadway, WR12 7DP. Those attending the talk will have an opportunity to also view the objects on display. The exhibition runs until 10th September.

The museum will open from 6.30pm on 15th June and the talk will begin at 7pm. The event will cost £10 which includes a drink .To attend the talk please call telephone 01386 859047 or
To view the exhibition at other times the museum is open Tuesday to Sunday 10am-5pm.

Normal admission charges apply: Adults £.5.00 (16+) Family £10.00 Children (5-15 years): £2 Under 5s free.