The Royal School of Needlework is the international centre of excellence for the art of hand embroidery and offers a range of courses for beginners through to advanced. Founded in 1872, the RSN is steeped in history with unrivalled expertise in the techniques of hand embroidery. Read more about our history.
We are based at the magnificent Hampton Court Palace in south west London. In addition, we teach across the UK in Bristol, Rugby, Birmingham, Durham and Glasgow, and internationally in North America and Japan.
The Royal School of Needlework also offers Embroidery Services at its Studio in Hampton Court Palace creating beautiful bespoke commissions for the future as well as restoring historical textiles and bringing heirlooms back to life.
The work of our staff and students can be seen throughout the country. We loan pieces of our historical collection for public exhibitions and our the restoration work done by our expert Embroidery Studio team can be seen by thousands of people every year at locations such as Dover Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and Buckfast Abbey.
RSN Work on Display
Numerous embroideries created by the RSN are on display throughout the UK in stately homes, churches, private homes and public collections. View some of the pieces on public display.
Our Board of Trustees is run by Chairman Andrew Palmer. The trustees are: Caroline de Guitaut, Elizabeth Braakenburg Dyce, Samantha Hoe-Richardson, Deborah Lamb, Victoria Farrow, Morgan Fowles, Nicola Clarke, Reena Pastakia, Prof. Patsy Cullen and Stephanie Wright.
All correspondence for the Trustees should go to Jane Hitchinson at [email protected] T: +44(0)20 3166 6936