ANNE WANNER'S Textiles in History   / institutions

- Embroiderers' Guild in Britain, Apt. 41, Hampton Court Palace, Surrey KT8 9AU, UK; tel: +44-20/89431229;
  Information by ETN Newsletter 1/2006

The Guild is celebrating its centenary this year:
Set up in 1906 by 16 graduates of the Royal School of Art Needlework to "deal entirely with embroidery and with the first object of keeping up a high standard of work and design".

Now the largest craft association in Britain is a leading educational charity and registered museum. It has a lively programme of exhibitions, workshops, a network of 25'000 adult and young members and subscribers, and 328 Branches and Young embroiderers groups. The museum at Hampton Court Palace near London houses over 11'000 embroidered objects.

   The Guild's centenary year will be full of events and exhibitions throughout the UK. Among others:

- "A Stitch in Time" with lots of presentations by the Guild Branches and Groups, from 28 April to 7 May 2006 - see website
- "STITCH" the major international open biennial exhibition presented by the Guild in collaboration with Coats Crafts UK, aiming to represent the diversity of comtemporary embroidery
- and accompanied by "SCHOLAR" the retrospective show of work from Guild Scholars since 1995, beginning at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol from 14 May to 18 June 2006, touring later to Sleaford and Birkenhead
- and finally "In Our Time" a celebration of the Guild's centenary with members and non members works, beginning at the Knitting &Stitching Show in Birmingham from 14 to 17 September, touring with the other Creative Exhibitions' shows in London, Dublin and Harrogate.

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