Weaving our heritage: the conservation, scientific analysis, and display of the Sheldon Tapestry Maps (1590's)

28 March 2019 1.00pm 3.00pm


Blackwell Hall, Weston Library (Map)


Dr Julie Eklund | heritage@ouce.ox.ac.uk


The Sheldon Tapestry Maps for Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire are woven in wool and silk, and are fine examples of cartography and decorative art dating from the 1590s. Since 2012, a team of conservators from the Bodleian and the National Trust have worked together to undertake conservation work on all three of the Bodleianís tapestry maps, plus on a small set of accompanying fragments. The conservation treatment work is now close to completion. 

The project has also included the scientific analysis of the colours used to make the maps, in collaboration with the Department of Scientific Research of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, National Museums of Scotland, the University of Edinburgh, and the Bodleianís Heritage Science section.

Event schedule:

  • 1pm: an opportunity to view the maps on display in the Blackwell Hall before the talk,
  • 1.30-2.30pm: lecture in main Lecture Theatre,
  • 2.30-3pm: viewing of the map with Nick and Virginia at Blackwell Hall.

This project was made possible thanks to generous donations from The JP Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, the Clothworkers Company, and a number of private donors.



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