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Embroiderers' Guild Centenary Exhibition at the House of Manannan 22 August 2006

To coincide with the centenary celebrations of the UK Embroiderers’ Guild and the 75th anniversary of the North West branch, the Isle of Man Guild is holding an exhibition entitled ‘Heritage’, which can be seen at the House of Manannan between 25th August and 25th September 2006.

The centenary logo of the Embroiderers’ Guild is ‘Making Visible’. To this end the exhibition will demonstrate the diversity and talent which exist on the Island from fairly traditional pieces of stitching to those that might be described as ‘mixed media’. Embroiderers today are quite likely to create the fabric on which they eventually stitch; or to have distorted and shaped it with the use of heat guns and soldering irons! Poppies

Matthew Richardson, Curator of Social History for Manx National Heritage said:

“The display at The House of Manannan coincides with events across the North West of England, where exhibitions are being held at National Trust properties including Little Moreton Hall, Sizeragh Castle and Gawthorpe Hall, with the venues & gardens being used as inspiration.
Manx National Heritage is delighted to work with the Isle of Man branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild. Local exhibitors have drawn inspiration from the Island’s rich and diverse heritage. Manx crosses have inspired many of the exhibitors, and for others the needlework in the Manx Museum’s textile collection has provided creative stimulus”.

The Embroiders’ Guild was established 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 crafts association in the UK, the Embroiderers' Guild is a leading educational charity and registered museum with a lively programme of exhibitions, events and workshops, a network of 25,000 adult and young members and subscribers and 328 branches and Young Embroiderers groups.

The Embroiderers’ Guild has enjoyed royal patronage, presently that of HRH The Duchess of Gloucester, and had a number of homes until its move to Hampton Court Palace, where it has been based since 1980. Recently the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded funding to the Guild which will allow it to build the National Embroidery and Textiles Centre in the Ancoats area of Manchester, due to open in 2008.

The exhibition can be seen on display in the foyer area of the House of Manannan between 25th August and 25th September 2006 and is open daily from 10am to 5pm.

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