Six of us caught the train to Cambridge one fine morning in February to see the Embroidered Samplers exhibition at the Fitzwilliam museum. Over 100 samplers were on display, some made by girls as young as eight and many referencing historical events going back to the 1700s. It was fascinating to see the superb workmanship that went into these beautiful samplers, particularly when the embroiderers would not have had electric light to illuminate their work. They also had real purpose as some were made to secure better jobs in households. Afterwards we found a restaurant for lunch and then walked through the “Cambridge backs” to admire the colleges and their grounds before making our way back to the station to get a busy train back to London. A good day was had by all.
Written by Angela