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Woven Worlds

A section of the Gideon tapestry
The Gideon tapestry post-conservation. | © National Trust/ John Hammond

Welcomes to Bess of Hardwick’s world of tapestries, embroidery and appliqué. From handwoven masterpieces to naturally dyed textiles demonstrations, there’s a whole world of woven wonders to explore at Hardwick Hall.

COMING SOON: From the 29th March

Material Power

Elizabethan England was a material world. Power, identity and virtue were all expressed though what you owned and what you built.

Elizabeth Shrewsbury designed Hardwick Hall to shout about who she was and how far she had come. From the solid stone ES initials on the roof to the magnificent tapestries and textiles she hung inside, everything was a material statement about Bess.

ES initials on the Hardwick roof
ES initials on the Hardwick roof. | © National Trust

'A Virtuous Woman' by Layla Khoo

Reimagine the 'Lost Embroidery' at Hardwick Hall: Join Layla Khoo and stitch the fabric of modern virtue through creative participation.

Drawing inspiration from the themes of female virtue displayed in the Noble Women embroideries, Khoo is now embarking on the creation of a new artwork. Using recycled textiles to complete the piece, visitors are encouraged to express their ideas and notions of virtue and to contemplate who embodies the qualities of a virtuous woman today.

Delving into these reflections, visitors will explore how these virtues and values can be communicated, signalling a collective aspiration for the qualities we wish to see in society.

Please note that visitor paticipation may be limited based on Layla Khoo's availablity in the hall.

Image of the freshly conserved appliqué of Penelope with two virtues either side.
The noble women appliqué: Penelope | © Andreas von Einsiedel

Pop-up demonstrations and workshops

Exploring the themes of textiles, creativity and powerful women, please see a list of workshops and events happening this year at Hardwick.

Easter Adventures at Hardwick
These Easter activities have been inspired by Hardwick's textile collections and by the nature in the garden and parkland.Find out more
Natural Dye Demonstrations
Discover natural dye techniques from the flowers grown at Hardwick Hall.Find out more
Easter Textiles Crafts
Create flower pom poms and friendship bracelets using recycled textilesComing soon
Yarn in different colours (blue, green, purple, red & yellow) which have been naturally dyed on a table top.
Natural dyeing demonstration | © National Trust Images/Laurence Perry

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Gideon tapestry project at Hardwick Hall 

After 24 years of conservation, the 13th and final Gideon tapestry has returned to Hardwick Hall, marking the end of the National Trust's longest ever conservation project.

National Trust staff repairing the gigantic blue and cream Hardwick Tapestry

The collection at Hardwick 

Discover an internationally-renowned collection of textiles including exquisite tapestries and embroidery and learn about the art of up-cycling, Elizabethan style. Find out more about Bess of Hardwick who largely sourced and collected the textile treasures.

Family exploring the gardens at Hardwick, Derbyshire

Family-friendly things to do at Hardwick 

There's plenty for families to do at Hardwick Hall, including seasonal trails, adventuring in the parkland and exploring the house. Find out what's on and plan your visit.