Penny Hill: Embroiderers Guild In Crisis


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The Embroiderers' Guild in the UK was established back in 1906 and is a charity established to build awareness of stitch and textile art. They educate, encourage, inspire and promote the achievement of excellence. And also the Guild preserves an important collection of embroidery and textile art.

Penny Hill is one of the Board of trustees of the Guild and today (February 2021) we are chatting about a very upsetting crisis within the Guild. It is on the verge of financial collapse, and drastic measures are being proposed by the Trustees to rescue what can be rescued to best meet the Guild's charitable objectives (and requirements).

The members of the Guild are understandably upset and angry at the measures being proposed, and therefore I invited the Guild to come and chat about what's happening.

Penny stepped up to chat with me

Susan Weeks chats with Penny Hill around the issues facing the Embroiderers Guild and the forthcoming General Meeting to be held on 4th March 2021.

We talked about:

  • The role of the trustees
  • The origins and history of the guild
  • The crisis resulting from falling membership and closing branches
  • The drastic proposals to save the Guild & the collection
  • What will happen to the Branches going forward
  • Looking forward

For this episode... View Links, information & Examples of some embroidery from the collection at






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