The RSN Online International Summer School 2021 – is now over. To all our attendees from around the world we thank you for joining us and your continued support of the RSN, and we hope to see you all again next year!

RSN Online International Summer School attendees were invited to join a series of live Exclusive Online Talks, not only with the RSN but also with Guest Speakers, covering related themes that would not normally be possible if the event was in-person. These talks are available on-demand for ISS attendees until 2 August.

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RSN and the USA:  Wed 14 July, 3pm

It is well-known that the RSN first showed work in the USA at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, but how did relationships between the USA and the RSN develop after that?

Learn more about the people from the RSN who went west and the Americans who came to London, from RSN Chief Executive Dr Susan Kay-Williams. Teaching, exhibitions, talks were all happening at different times and this talk will give more of an insight into the people and the occasions – and even features the Queen Mary (right) and Queen Elizabeth ships.

RSN Graduate Erica Wilson: Wed 14 July, 5pm

RSN Diploma Whitework by Erica WilsonErica Wilson trained at the RSN in the 1940s, just after World War II.  She taught evening classes and helped in the showroom, which often also meant giving private lessons.

Erica left to go to the United States in 1954. She went on to bring Crewel embroidery and a host of other stitching techniques to thousands in the US and UK through her television shows, books and kits.

Anne Hilker undertook research in preparation for an exhibition of Erica Wilson’s work at Winterthur in the US, co-curated by Linda Eaton, and will bring to us the story of Erica’s career.

Image: RSN Diploma Whitework by Erica Wilson.

Behind the Scenes of the Royal Collection Trust: Wed 14 July, 7pm

RSN embroidering the Robe of Estate for Her Majesty The Queen’s Coronation in 1953Caroline de Guitaut is Deputy Surveyor of The Queen’s Works of Art at the Royal Collection Trust in London. She has been responsible for many exhibitions at Buckingham Palace and other royal residences, including the Coronation Exhibition of 2013 which featured three items made by the RSN including the Robe of State.

Caroline will be talking about some of the challenges of looking after and telling the stories of the Royal Collection which has a very wide range of objects.

Image: RSN Embroiderers working on the Coronation Robe of Her Majesty The Queen

The Overlord Embroidery:  Tues 20 July, 7pm

RSN Embroiderers working on the Overlord EmbroideryTracy Teasdale worked for many years at The D-Day Museum in Portsmouth and was there when it was re-presented and became The D-Day Story.

Tracy will give us detailed information about the Overlord Embroidery made by the RSN to tell this powerful narrative, and about the museum and the way in which the embroidery is appreciated by those who come to see it.

Image: RSN Embroiderers working on the Overlord Embroidery.

Bacton Altar Cloth – The Lost Dress of Elizabeth I:  Wed 21 July, 7pm

Eleri-Lynn examining the Lost Dress of Elizabeth I © Historic Royal PalacesEleri Lynn is the former Curator of the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection at Hampton Court Palace.  Whilst researching a history of Tudor Royal Fashion, Eleri identified a cloth that had been used as an altar hanging but which, on closer inspection, suggested an even more prestigious and historic origin. Eleri will talk about her research and findings, and the conservation undertaken by Historic Royal Palaces for ‘The Lost Dress of Elizabeth I’ exhibition in 2019/20.

Then, Anne Butcher, RSN Head of Studio & Education, will talk about the work carried out to create three replica flowers for the exhibition and ultimately the kits that are being taught as part of our 2021 Summer School.

Image © Historic Royal Palaces.

The Life of Princess Helena and her connection to the RSN:  Thurs 22 July, 7pm

Princess Helena in 1910The RSN’s first Royal connection was with Princess Helena, officially known as Princess Christian of Schleswig Holstein, and Queen Victoria’s third daughter.

This talk by RSN Chief Executive and Archivist, Dr Susan Kay-Williams, will explore the life of Princess Helena and particularly her 50-year connection with the RSN as a driving force, spokeswoman, saleswoman, fundraiser, advocate and devoted servant.

Image: Princess Helena