Trude Neu, textile designer : papers

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 73 AAD/2000/7
  • Dates of Creation
      ca. 1912 - 1996
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      English German
  • Physical Description
      58 files

Scope and Content

Personal photographs (ca. 1912 - 1980s); personal papers (1930s - 1990s); toy designs (1930s - 1959); photographs of toys (1930s); children's story (ca. 1930); sketchbooks (1939 - 1950s); sketches, drawings and paintings (1940s - 1950s); textile designs, photographs and fabric samples (1940s - 1950s); photographs of artwork (ca. 1945, 1996).

Administrative / Biographical History

Trude Neu was born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1912. She studied at the Nuremberg Art Academy from 1930 until 1933 when the rise of Hitler forced her to leave. She left Germany for Northern Ireland in 1939 and studied textile design and painting at the Belfast Academy of Art during the early 1940s. Neu found work as a textile designer at the York Street Flax Spinning Mills, Belfast: the works was transferred to Manchester in 1945. Her curtain fabrics were exhibited at the "Britain can make it" exhibition in London in 1946 and she exhibited drawings and paintings at Gibb's bookshop, Manchester, in 1948. Neu studied to be an occupational therapist in 1948 and worked in Germany until 1951 when she returned to England to complete her training. She then worked at the Standish Chest Hospital near Stroud, Gloucestershire, until her retirement in 1973.

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Acquisition Information

Given by Desmond Lindsey, 2000.

Cataloguing supported by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of The David Berg Foundation, New York.

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