Members' Recollections

Members are invited to contribute their recollections of the life and times of the Guild. These offer fascinating insights to the national charity and to its branches and members. Here is a sample recollection from Life Member, Marion Cantrell. She worked in the Guild Headquarters in Wimpole Street in 1972. We would emphasise that these are personal memories, a history of the Guild seen through the eyes of members. There will be gaps, differences of recollections and corrections but we hope members enjoy reading these accounts and that they will prompt fresh memories for many readers.

Do you have a recollection you wish to share with other members? It may be about the Guild as a whole, a branch, an exhibition or special event, a past Officer or a leading embroiderer. If so, please email to or post it to Embroiderers' Guild Website, Bucks County Museum, Church St, Aylesbury, HP20 2QP.

Here is a taster...

Marion Cantrell (nee Hendy) worked at Guild Headquarters when it was at 73 Wimpole Street, London from the Spring of 1972 to Autumn 1973. She recalls the Director and Staff. These included Lynette de Denne; Alexandra Beale (Director); Miss Amey ? (Front Office and Book Sales); Barbara Cooper (Secretary and the person who sent out Guild transfers. These were ordered on a ‘sale or return’ basis. Wendy and Hilda were part time and did the book keeping. Frank Gardner did the accounts.

The library was in the basement. Marion says "I have vague memories of a small staff room and of what Barbara Cooper called the 'tunnel', the coal hole that extended under the pavement."

If you would like to read other recollections please click on this link Members' Recollections - you will be asked to log in as a Member

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