Friends excursions: Royal School of Needlework
Friends of the RA enjoy a curator’s talk and tour of the Royal School of Needlework, based in Hampton Court Palace, followed by a historical and textile-related tour of Hampton Court.
Formed in 1872, and currently teaching 200 short courses across different venues around the world, the Royal School of Needlework is the international centre of excellence for the art of hand embroidery. This study day will begin with a talk by the School’s Chief Executive Dr. Susan Kay-Williams on the work of the School, with an opportunity to view rare textiles from the collection.
Dr. Kay-Williams’ talk will be followed by a chance to explore the activities of the school, including an opportunity to interact with needle workers at work (subject to needle workers commission’s confidentiality) and view some of the school’s specialised equipment and techniques. Friends will also enjoy an introduction to the RSN’s Fashion Embellishment exhibition.
Friends will also enjoy a tour of Hampton Court, led by a textile expert who will illuminate the story of the textiles as well as the general history of the Palace.
● Fully booked
Thursday 21 September 2017
10.30am — 4.30pm
Meet at Main Gate, Hampton Court Palace, KT8. Full directions with ticket.
£92. Includes pub lunch with coffee.