The Field of the Cloth of Gold

Event Recording

What’s it about?

A little over 500 years ago, in June 1520, two Kings met in northern France. King Henry VIII of England and Francois I of France had decided to ratify a peace treaty by holding an extraordinary 18-day get-together in the middle of a field in northern France.

Joined by a retinue of thousands of their countrymen and women, all dressed to the hilt in the latest European fashions. Part Glastonbury Festival and part G7 Summit, it was an event unlike any other.

Join us now for a light-hearted visit to this unique meeting. Discover what they did there, from extravagant feasts to jousting tournaments. And explore some of the lavishly decorated tents that gave this meeting its name. Hurry now, there are fountains flowing with wine and plenty of roast swan to enjoy!

Who is hosting it?

Ann has spent a lengthy career specialising in selling antique textiles. She had a stall at London’s famous Portobello Road market for many years and has sold at fairs, markets and exhibitions, both in the U.K and abroad (particularly Japan).

Ann has a large personal collection of antique lace and in recent years she has been delivering talks on textiles for Airbnb Experiences (and elsewhere), guiding visitors around the wonderful textile collections at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Some examples of her collection can be seen on her website.

Her website:

Her Instagram: @antiquelacelady