Whats On

LD with Calyx fabric
Lucienne Day with Calyx design fabric
©Robin & Lucienne Day Foundation / Photo: Studio Briggs

1st July – 30th September
Lucienne Day: Living Design

Join us as we celebrate the life and work of one of Britain’s leading 20th century textile designers.

Lucienne Day was one of Britain’s leading textile designers, who brought contemporary colour to an otherwise drab post war period. Born in 1917, she graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1940.  One of her most famous designs, Calyx, was created for the Homes and Gardens Pavilion at the Festival of Britain in 1951 and launched her design career. From that moment on Lucienne designed fabrics, wallpapers, ceramics and carpets on a commercial basis, until later in her life when she focused more on one-off designs for her silk mosaics. More recently, Lucienne Day’s works have been produced in a special John Lewis range.

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Carpet design Tessarae red and black, by Lucienne Day

Discover the story of Lucienne Day’s design career through a photographic history and a vibrant display of her fabric designs.  For the first time ever the Museum of Carpet will be putting Day’s original hand painted carpet designs on public display.

The exhibition was curated by Dr Paula Day and Professor Emma Hunt, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Arts University Bournemouth.

Support has also been provided by Kidderminster Arts Festival.

You can find out more about the Lucienne Day centenary celebrations by visiting www.robinandluciennedayfoundation.org/LD100/



Calyx by Lucienne Day
©Robin & Lucienne Day Foundation

Thursday 20th July, 2pm
Professor Emma Hunt
Lucienne Day: Living Design

Join us for a fascinating insight into the life and designs of Lucienne Day.

Professor Emma Hunt is Deputy Vice Chancellor at Arts University Bournemouth and curated the exhibition Lucienne Day: Living Design with Dr Paula Day, Lucienne Day’s daughter.  Professor Hunt originally trained as a design historian, with special interests in mid to late 20th century British design.

Professor Hunt’s lecture begins at 2pm, followed by tea and cake. Tickets include entry to the museum and exhibition prior to the lecture.
Tickets £12.50
Booking required, please purchase tickets from the Museum of Carpet*
We are unable to take payments over the phone, so these must be made by cheque or at the museum.


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Design Days
Drop in to the museum and enjoy family craft activities, inspired by Lucienne Day’s designs. Enjoy extended opening hours at the museum with last entry at 3pm, providing more time for the family to dress up, watch films and try all the hands-on activities. Even better, entry to the museum is free for children throughout the holidays.
Children’s activities £1 per child