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Perhaps the most persuasive is a banner used by the suffragette movement. The collection includes lengths of cloth intended, but never used, for dressmaking, as well as objects of great beauty embellished with beadwork and embroidery. We hold a number of samplers worked by women of the eighteenth century for needlework practice, as well as quilts, whose use was both decorative and practical. Pieces of ecclesiastical embroidery are kept alongside domestic ones.