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The Royal School of Needlwork has a New Royal Patron

Royal School of NeedleworkThe Royal School of Needlework is delighted to announce that The Duchess of Cornwall will be the new Patron of the Royal School of Needlework.

At the end of 2016, Buckingham Palace announced that Her Majesty The Queen would be stepping down as Patron from a number of charities, including the RSN. The Queen became Patron of the RSN in 2002.

Dr Susan Kay-Williams, Chief Executive of the Royal School of Needlework said:

“We are extremely grateful to Her Majesty for her support and would like to say a huge thank you for being our Patron. The Royal Family has supported us from the beginning and we are delighted to continue this relationship with The Duchess of Cornwall as our new Patron. We very much look forward to working with The Duchess. Her Royal Highness’s support will be invaluable in raising awareness of hand embroidery as both a traditional and dynamic contemporary art form.”

The RSN has had royal support from its foundation in 1872 through Queen Victoria’s third daughter, Princess Helena, and received its Royal status in 1875 when Queen Victoria became Patron. The Queen Mother was initially President and then in 1937 became our Patron. When she died, Her Majesty the Queen became Patron. The Duchess of Gloucester is President of the RSN.

The RSN has worked on every British Coronation of the 20th century including designing and making the Robe of State for Her Majesty the Queen in 1953 using 18 varieties of gold thread. They also created the balcony hanging at Buckingham Palace for The Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002.

Waisted Efforts - An Exhibition at Chertsey Museum 17th September 2016 - 2 September 2017

Sack back gown from Chertsey MuseumA visual feast, this brand new exhibition will chart the changing styles of the waistline in fashion from the 1750s to the 1950s. Cultural, social, and aesthetic attitudes towards waistlines will be explored through men’s and women’s clothing, both outerwear and underwear. Beautiful examples of fashionable garments which both freed and constricted the waist will be on show, as well as pieces of original foundation-wear essential for achieving the correct silhouette.

Highlights include a stunning ‘sack-back’ gown from the 1770s, a man’s suit from the 1780s, examples of women’s high-waisted Regency clothing, an exquisite girl’s dress from 1850, an 1880s day gown, a flapper dress from the 1920s and lovely examples of 1950s ‘New Look’ styles. The foundation wear includes corsets from a variety of eras, an Edwardian man’s corset, a 1920s bust bodice (designed to flatten the chest) and a ‘Waspie’ corset from the 1950s.

The majority of the pieces are selected from the Olive Matthews Collection.

Open Tuesdays - Fridays 12.30 - 4.30pm, Saturdays 11am - 4pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays

Chertsey Museum, The Cedars, 33 Windsor Street, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 8AJ


The Sunbury Embroidery Gallery

The award-winning Sunbury Embroidery Gallery is situated in an historic 18th century Walled Garden, surrounded by parkland and a short walk from the River Thames in Lower Sunbury.

The Gallery is home to The Millenium Embroidery, which is on permanent display, and has an exhibition programme that showcases a wide variety of art from different disciplines throughout the year. It provides a valuable community and educational resource, developing a broader understanding of the local area and arts in general.

Our Café overlooks the splendid Walled Garden and is perfect place for a light lunch or an afternoon tea. The Café hand bakes all its wonderful cakes, the difficulty is choosing which one to have!

The Gallery shop stocks a selection of gifts and mementos to buy including wooden puzzles and childrens' canvas colouring bags.

The Sunbury Millennium Embroidery is a permanent, commemorative record which celebrates the ancient riverside village of Sunbury-on-Thames and its community. In essence the idea was to create something that was expressive of a community in the year 2000 and include as many people as possible in its creation. Designed by John Stamp from an original idea by David Brown the embroidery involvde over 140 people in its making.

The Embroidery is composed of a number of separate parts, including a Village Panel,local scenes, and embroideries of birds, plants and wildlife.

The Embroidery is on display all year round at its purpose-built gallery

The Sunbury Embroidery Gallery, The Walled Garden, Thames Street, Sunbury on Thames, Middx TW16 6AB.

Opening times and further information plus other events taking place at the gallery are available from their website www.sunburyembroidery.org.uk

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