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Royal School of Needlework

Welcome to the Royal School of Needlework The International Centre
of Excellence for the
Art of Hand Embroidery

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Why we need your support

The Royal School of Needlework is a registered charity (No. 312774) and receives no statutory funding.

Founded in 1872, the Royal School of Needlework has a unique role: to train students to technical excellence in hand embroidery. No other organisation teaches these techniques of hand embroidery to this level.

Our Graduates use their RSN-learnt skills in a wide variety of areas from stitching in our commercial Embroidery Studio and teaching on our education programme, to working freelance as embroidery tutors, in fashion, haute couture, for film and theatre, for the military, in soft furnishings, jewellery and as designer makers and some specialise in conservation and restoration of antique embroideries for museums, heritage organisations and religious buildings.

As a registered charity we rely on the support of Trusts and individuals who believe in the importance of our work, to help us continue.  Friends and Special Supporters are people like you, who actively want to ensure the RSN can continue its vital and unique work.

Will you help us train Future Tutors?

The Future Tutors programme is aimed at growing our ‘tutor-bank’ so that more students can benefit from RSN classes in more places in the UK and internationally and so we can ‘future-proof’ this important skill-base.  It is more than just training tutors, it is also about training people with the skills to conserve and create at the highest level.

Future Tutor students are not eligible for UK student grants and the cost of the course is £11,500 per annum for three years.   We have already raised some funds to help support students, but for the longer term we want to be able to support good calibre students regardless of their ability to pay.

To do this we’re asking for your support. RSN Friends are already pledging support which is fantastic, but we know that to meet the increasing demand for more tutors across the UK we’ll need the scheme to develop over the next few years.   

To support the Future Tutors programme click here to the formAnd don’t forget if you’re a UK tax payer if you sign the Gift Aid form your donation is worth 25% more to us.  



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Contact details

To make a donation or become an RSN Friend or RSN Special Supporter contact:

E: Jane Hitchinson
T: +44(0)20 3166 6936

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