Royal School of Needlework at Mansion House


Royal School of Needlework

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

RSN was invited to the Mansion House by the Lady Mayoress last week because in September she had visited the RSN as part of a group of Livery Company people. As we knew she was coming I recalled seeing something in the archives about a past link with the Mansion House. In 1883 the RSN held its Annual General Meeting there and the Lady Mayoress held an At Home for us. I asked the Lady Mayoress if she still held At Homes today. She confirmed she did and having seen some of the work of RSN students she invited myself along with one of our degree students and one of our Future Tutors to exhibit some of their work for a special At Home event for the partners of some 60 of the Ambassadors and High Commissioners to London.

Degree student Hattie McGill left and Future Tutor Auburn Lucas with a display of their work at the Mansion house.
Degree student Hattie McGill left and Future Tutor Auburn Lucas with a display of their work at the Mansion house.

It was a delight to talk with people from all over the world, many of whom have strong stitch traditions. Those whom we talked to included Ambassador’s and High Commissioner’s wives from India, Jordan, Colombia, Poland, Denmark, Kenya, Tanzania, Malaysia, as well as those from Ecuador and Costa Rica whom, as the picture shows were very closely examining Future Tutor Auburn Lucas’s Blackwork piece as they had not seen that embroidery technique before.

Future Tutor Auburn Lucas gets down to detail with the wives of the Ambassadors from Costa Rica and Ecuador as they look at her blackwork embroidery.
Future Tutor Auburn Lucas gets down to detail with the wives of the Ambassadors from Costa Rica and Ecuador as they look at her blackwork embroidery.

“As well as the RSN other guests included young ballet dancers from the Royal Ballet School and information from the London Archives. The RSN was honoured to be invited and our students enjoyed the experience and seeing inside the Mansion House.┬áThe Lady Mayoress is Mrs Gilly Yarrow and this was one of her last formal functions as her husband stands down as Lord Mayor of the City of London in early November.”

There’s still time to see the Whitework exhibition at RSN Headquarters in Hampton Court. Visit their website for all the information.


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