By invitation of the Royal School of Needlework (RSN), I made my first visit to Hampton Court to meet Susan Kay-Williams the Chief Executive and to tour the School. RSN occupy two large apartments at Hampton Court on the top floor where there is an abundance of bright light and fresh air. In many ways it is an absolutely ideal spot for needlework to be conducted as it is such a peaceful and tranquil setting.
Susan Kay-Williams has many exciting ideas for the future and is ensuring that this great organisation, formed in 1872, remains thoroughly relevant to the beginning of this century. Her ultimate aim will be to create the position of Master of Needlework. I am sure she will succeed.
During the course of my visit I was able to see the sketches for the Livery's Lectern Fall commissioned by Liveryman Harry Williamson in the memory of past Master Charles Gotto. It is going to be an amazing piece of art, and it will now have the words Omnia Desuper inscribed along the top. The end product will make us all so proud.
At the conclusion of this very enjoyable visit we agreed to keep both the Royal School of Needlework and the Worshipful Company of Broderers in close liaison and we will support them as best we can in furthering their endeavours.