'Fair and Beautiful - The Gothic Revival' Lecture

Part of the Embroidery Resurgent programme at Red House, this lecture explored the Gothic Revivals' key protagonists, designers and patterns and their legacies.

  • Booking essential
  • Admission applies

In 1863, the architect George E Street gave a lecture on ecclesiastical embroidery, recommending it as 'something fair and beautiful'. A sentiement applied to the Gothic Revival in general.

Mary Schoeser, a curator and historian who has authored numerous books and essays on textiles and wallpapers. She is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum, President of the Textile Society and School of Textiles (Coggeshall) Patron.


Event ticket prices
  • All £5.00
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Red House


House and Garden
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £8.50 £7.70
Child £4.20 £3.80
Family £21.00 £19.00
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £6.50

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


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Please note...

Shop, café and second-hand bookshop: admission free

The basics

Booking details
Call 0344 249 1895
Unfortunately dogs are not welcome at this event.
Meeting point
Please make your way to Visitor Reception on arrival
This lecture will take place of the first floor of Red House. Unfortunately no lift is available.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
16 September 2017 14:00 - 15:00 Available

Contact Info

Robynn Finney
Call 020 8303 6359

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