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N°31: War Lace. Making Lace to Survive the First World War

Tuesday 07 February 2023 at 18.30


Lace is an important part of the Belgian cultural heritage.


During the First World War, humanitarian organisations supported the Belgian lace industry. A young mother, an amateur, even started this activity to cope with the terrible events. The lace produced at that time became known as “war lace”. Its unique iconography refers directly to the conflict.


Wendy Wiertz reveals how lace-making became a means of survival for professional and novice lace-makers during the war. She reveals for us the link between the women’s lives, their craft, the production of lace and the preservation of self, community and nation.


Practical details

  • Tuesday February 7, 2023
  • By Wendy Wiertz, University of Huddersfield
  • Lecture at Brussels City Hall at 6.30 pm. Doors open at 6.15 pm
  • The lecture will be followed by a visit to the museum
  • Lecture in English
  • Duration: 1h
  • Free
  • Reservations are required via our reservation platform