New DVDs

Recently added to the collection at Llandaff and currently on display are DVDs from two BBC4 series.


Carved with Love: The Genius of British Woodwork – a three part series looking at the British genius for woodwork over the centuries.

grinling gibbonsCarving by Grinling Gibbons Image courtesy of V&A database available through Database A – Z here.

Part 1: Chippendale: The man behind the chairs. Thomas Chippendale is the most famous furniture designer the world has ever produced, but what about the man behind the chairs? This episode shows how Chippendale worked his way up from humble roots to working for the nobility, but also how he was ruined by the very aristocrats he created such wonders for.

Part 2: “Michelangelo” of wood. The series about great British woodworkers continues by looking at the life and work of Grinling Gibbons. He isn’t a household name, but he is the greatest woodcarver the British Isles has ever produced. Working in the aftermath of the Great Fire of London, Gibbons created delightful carved masterpieces for the likes of Charles II and William of Orange. This film explores the genius of the man they called the ‘Michelangelo of wood’.

Part 3: The Divine Craft of Carpentry. Wood spoke not just of earth, but of heaven. The series concludes by looking at the Middle Ages, a golden era. Sponsored by the monarchy and the Church, carvers and carpenters created wonders that still astound us today, from the magnificent roof of Westminster Hall to the Coronation Chair, last used by Elizabeth II, but created 700 years ago. The film also shows how this precious legacy was nearly destroyed during the fires of the Reformation.

Fabric of Britain


Sample book by Elizabeth Hume Image courtesy of V&A database available through Database A – Z here

Part 1: Knitting’s Golden Age. A documentary exploring how knitting rose from basic craft to the height of popular fashion in the 20th century. It’s a craft that has given us scratchy jumpers, sexy bathing costumes and the infamous poodle loo cover, has sustained Britain through the hardships of war and shown a mother’s love to generations of little ones. Today, knitwear has become a staple of every wardrobe thanks to a prince’s golfing taste, the Beatles and 1980s breakfast television. Warm-hearted and surprising, this is the story of the people’s craft and a very British one at that.

Part 2: The Story of Wallpaper. Paul Martin presents the surprisingly compelling story of wallpaper. From its origins in the 16th century to the present day, wallpaper has always had something to say about us and our tastes and aspirations. It’s a journey that takes Paul from the grandest of stately homes to the poorest of two-up-two-downs, the height of luxury to industrial grime and infestation. There are some fascinating tales along the way; wallpaper may seem insignificant, but governments have tried to control it, and it’s even threatened to poison us.

Part 3: The Wonder of Embroidery. The Reformation in England witnessed the destruction of the most brilliant art of the medieval age. Church paintings and stained glass – even sculpture – were destroyed throughout England in the name of religion. And yet one art survived against the odds – the art of medieval embroidery … Dan Jones, Plantagenet expert and medievalist, goes in search of these fragile yet stunning survivors from the great age of embroidery – encountering a world of finery, bejewelled luxury and sacred beauty on an undreamt-of scale.

Follow the links to the library catalogue to reserve any of these titles.


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