The 98 group consists of 34 Lace makers who like to push the bounds of contempory lacemaking and exhibit their work all over the country. Recent exhibitions have been held at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, Co. Durham, The de Morgan Gallery in London, Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery and the Red Glass House Cone in Stourbridge to name but a few.
NOW they have an Exhibition of Contemporary Lace at Wisbech Museum.


The theme ‘Gateways has been interpreted in many different ways. It is quite amazing how a simple word can be given so many varied meanings.

The Gateway as a portal to the mind, to the Spiritual and Mineral riches in the Landscape, release from Bondage under Slavery, or the way to negotiate the rocky path of life.

Some of the Lace on display will be large – up to a metre across, whilst other pieces will be quite small. Some are in a vibrant array of colours, some in the more traditional lace colours of Lace of white and ecru. All use basic Lacemaking techniques but all look so different.


These give you a brief idea of some part of the items that will be on view. If you want to see the complete items and all the many other pieces do visit the Exhibition.

Wisbech is a town with a long history having once been a shipping town with seagoing ships coming up the river Nene to unload their cargos at Wisbech docks.

This was a Gateway to commerce

By the river are large Georgian merchants’ houses and warehouses, all with gateways and arches into their interiors. The most notable of these are Peckover House now owned by the National Trust, Octavia Hill’s Birth Place House and Octavia View an 18th century town house, where there will be additional work on display. Octavia View and Peckover House* have cafés, which are great for a cup of tea and cake, just the place to take the weight off your feet after walking around the Exhibits.

Members of the 98 Group will be also be demonstrating on Saturdays at the Wisbech Museum and also taking workshops in 4 local primary schools so that the next generation can have a hands on experience of making Bobbin Lace.

Let’s hope that they could be planting the seeds of lacemaking in the fertile Fenland soil!

*Check the National Trust Web Site for the opening hours for Peckover House.

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