Become a Friend of the RSN

By becoming a Friend of the RSN, you can make a vital contribution in supporting our ongoing development and our future. Without this regular support, we would not be able to continue our work. Please take a look through the RSN Friends brochure.

As a Friend, you will receive a number of benefits including exclusive biannual newsletters delivered to your door and a special eNewsletter each month. In addition, you will also receive 10% discount on Day & Evening Classes, Exhibition Tours, Online Talks and RSN Shop purchases.

How much is it?

UK Friend £41 per year
International Friend £58 per year (charged in UK£)
Life Friend £700 one-off payment
Life Friend (65+ one-off payment) £550 one-off payment

Support from the Friends has helped us to:

  • Ensure we continue to train students to the highest standards
  • Plan and develop the future of the RSN
  • Enable RSN Collection and Archive items to be researched, conserved and recorded
  • Make our resources open to a new generation of artists and makers
  • Offer prizes to our students and Future Tutors

Friends Membership offers the following benefits:

  • 10%(*) discount on selected RSN Online and Onsite Day & Evening Classes and events(**)
  • 10%(*) discount on purchases from our Shop, either online or in person at Hampton Court Palace
  • 10% discount on Online Talks and onsite exhibition Tours
  • An exclusive invitation to our annual Friends Open Day
  • Biannual newsletters
  • Monthly eNewsletter, if an email address is supplied
  • Advance notification of any public exhibitions of parts of the RSN Collection and Archive
  • Advance information about RSN courses, events and exhibitions organised by the RSN
  • An annual update on the RSN’s development

Becoming a Life Friend of the RSN also entitles you to an invitation to a special event in the first year of joining.

Become a Special Supporter

There are five categories of RSN Special Supporters which are identified by some of the most recognisable materials of the embroiderer’s art: Gold, Silk, Cotton, Wool and Ribbon.

By becoming a Special Supporter you’ll be giving additional support to the RSN, enabling us to do more in promoting hand embroidery.

Gold Circle £5,000 per year
Silk Circle £2,500 per year
Cotton Circle £1,500 per year
Wool Circle £500 per year
Ribbon Circle £250 per year

As an RSN Special Supporter you’ll be invited to exclusive Special Supporters Days, special events and exhibitions at the RSN and at external venues.  You will also receive our biannual Friends Newsletter, our monthly eNewsletter plus 10% discount on Day Classes, Shop purchases and RSN Tours.

Renewing your Membership

Annual Friends memberships are renewable on the anniversary of joining. Existing Friends can renew online via their My Account page or by purchasing a new Membership here which will extend the term of any current Membership by one year.

For more information

For more information about becoming a Friend of the RSN, our membership packages, paying by Direct Debit or how your contribution can make a difference, please contact [email protected].

Gift Aid

At no additional cost to you, as a charity we can reclaim 25p on every £1 of your membership. If you are a UK taxpayer, please consider consenting to Gift Aid on your RSN Friends membership.


Join now!

UK Friend £41 per year
International Friend £58 per year (charged in UK£)
Life Friend £700 one-off payment
Life Friend (65+ one-off payment) £550 one-off payment

(*) Please note: your 10% discount on Day Classes, Events and Shop purchases will become available automatically only after your Friends membership order has been processed. For this reason we recommend you complete your Friends membership order individually and that you do not include other items in your shopping basket on the same order as those items will not receive a discount. Subsequent orders will automatically receive the Friends discount for qualifying items as long as you are signed in to the site at the time of purchase.

(**) Please note: the 10% discount is not valid for Certificate and Diploma Courses, or for the Self-Paced Video Online Courses run in partnership with David & Charles.