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Showcasing Coventry’s Medieval Weaving within Coventry’s City of Culture Built Environment Exhibition


By the late 14th century Coventry had grown to be one of the largest and most important towns in England and was the regional capital of the Midlands. Its success was based on the sale of raw wool, and later manufactured and finished woollen cloth. Coventry was particularly noted for its blue cloth.

The phrase “True as Coventry Blue” refers to the fact that the cloth retained its colour, despite the harsh laundry practises of the time. Working in close collaboration with the Medieval Coventry Charity, Professor Alan Chambers from WMG is looking to prepare a virtual reality exhibit showcasing Coventry’s illustrious weaving past, as part of the major exhibition on the history of Coventry's built environment.

Held in in the former Drapers' Bar building, this exhibition, ‘Metropolis,’ will run from May 2021 to April 2022, and is planned to be a key part of the Coventry City of Culture celebrations. The funding will pay for a high-fidelity virtual reconstruction of medieval weaving in Upper Spon Street, Coventry in 1540 to be created including weaving re- enactors captured in 3D. The resulting animation will form an important part of the ‘Metropolis’ exhibition.

The project is led by Professor Alan Chambers from WMG at the University of Warwick, and funded by the Warwick Institute of Engagement as part of their City of Culture Public Programme of events.