The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology

The Third Annual Geoff Egan Memorial Lecture

18 December 2013

The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology presents:

The third annual Geoff Egan Memorial Lecture

Dr. Annemarieke Willemsen
Curator, Medieval Department, National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden

'Taking up the glove: Finds, uses and meanings of gloves, mittens and gauntlets in Western Europe, c.1400-1700 AD'

At the Clore Learning Centre, Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN

Wednesday 18th December 2013

Wine reception 5.30 - 7.00pm
Lecture 7.00 - 8.30pm
All are welcome, and entry is FREE; please secure your seat at the lecture by emailing
Places are limited, and will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lecture abstract:

Late-medieval and early-modern people wore gloves, mittens and gauntlets for protection and decoration in many different contexts. They were made for men, women, and children: for workers, hawkers, fighters, preachers and lovers. They exist in wool, textiles, metals and leather, made to fit and sometimes lavishly decorated. Gloves get lost easily, causing a number of ‘hand shoes’ to be recovered from excavations, especially in airtight circumstances. There were rules for when to wear gloves, and when to take them off. They made suitable gifts and appear often as fashionable items in portraits. In this lecture, Annemarieke Willemsen will be taking up the glove and presenting new research into the archaeology, iconography and symbolism of anything covering people’s hands in the late- and post-medieval period.