An exhibition of historic embroidered vestments created by a Catholic recusant in the 17th century will be exhibited for the first time in 340 years this autumn.
The exhibition will run from October 16 to April 11 at Auckland Castle in County Durham and documents the life of Helena Wintour, daughter and niece of the three Wintour brothers, who were at the heart of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605.
The vestments’ Catholic iconography reveals Helena’s devotion and close association with the Jesuits, and the state of religion in 17th-century Britain.
The exhibition includes a number of historically significant objects such as the lantern carried by Guy Fawkes when he was arrested in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament.
Included in the exhibition is also William Shakespeare’s First Folio, containing plays which influenced and inspired Helena’s works.
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