With the end of the Civil War in the 17th century, the restoration of the monarchy and the Glorious Revolution peace did not return to the UK as might have been expected, in fact the 18th century was a turbulent one with the English almost ceaselessly engaged in wars that extended over 4 continents.
At home there were the twin scourges of Scots Jacobitism and French Jacobinism always threatening to undermine the civil status quo. On the other hand, the eighteenth century was the Age of the Enlightenment and the beginnings of epistemological understanding. New thinking that replaced children's inherited Original Sin with a tabula rasa had a great effect on changes to education in general and provided the momentum towards civilization and social alignment through education of the nation's marginalized and perceived fifth column of the wayward poor.
This catalogue documents 45 samplers worked in the 18th century
and shows the variety of needlework taught in schools at that time
together with details of the girls' personal histories.