The Royal School of Needlework occupies a special place in the history of art embroidery in the UK.  Since 1872 we have taught and  excellence in more than 40 techniques of hand embroidery and welcomed thousands of people to try these techniques for themselves.

As a registered charity (RCN 312774), though, we receive no government funding and have to find all our income ourselves. Legacies make a crucial contribution to our income.  They enable us to keep going; to keep training students; to maintain our Collection; to ensure we will be here for future generations.  Regardless of size, every legacy gift is greatly appreciated.

To discuss leaving a legacy to the RSN please contact Dr Susan Kay-Wiliams, Chief Executive.

The Value of a Legacy to the RSN

Legacies mean a great deal to the RSN.  In the past they have literally helped to keep us afloat, they have provided funds for new initiatives and they have given us a boost just from the support they bring with them, that someone wants us to continue and succeed. In other words, the value of a legacy to the RSN is far in excess of the financial value of the gift, it is a real boost and while the reason we have received the gift is a cause of sadness that a Friend or Supporter has died, in itself the legacy is a cause for celebration. We are always very grateful.

In return, we recognise how personal and special a legacy is. We will work hard to ensure your gift is used effectively and that your generosity is recorded and remembered.

Legacy gifts give us assurance for the future allowing us to develop new plans and to support more students with bursaries.

Download our For the Future legacy leaflet here

I have left a legacy to the RSN so that some of the exquisite work and skills of the past are transferred into the future. It’s just one very small thank you to everyone at the RSN (both past, present and future) for all the pleasure you give. I never cease to be amazed by the patience, skill and expertise shown; and I’ve yet to see a piece of work that doesn’t make me smile and say WOW! THANK YOU the RSN.
Kim Tutcher
We're always open to gifts of threads, materials, needlework equipment, books & finished items.

We're always open to gifts of threads, materials, needlework equipment, books & finished items.

Items not used for studio, students or the Collection are sold to raise funds.

Items not used for studio, students or the Collection are sold to raise funds.