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Worship & Glory display at Ely Cathedral gets to the point of needlework





A special exhibition of ecclesiastical works from the collection of the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) is to go on display at Ely Cathedral, alongside contemporary fashion pieces from the RSN’s degree programme.

Needlework part of the RSN exhibition at Ely Cathedral. Picture: Royal School of Needlework
Needlework part of the RSN exhibition at Ely Cathedral. Picture: Royal School of Needlework

After the postponement of the event last year, the organisers are now looking forward to going ahead with the exhibition – titled For Worship & Glory II – in the beautiful setting of the historic Lady Chapel.

The RSN is not just about historic embroidery, however, and its current students produce contemporary pieces of work for fashion and interiors, some of which will be displayed alongside the traditional ecclesiastical pieces.

One of the 12 panels of The Litany of Loreto to go on display at Ely Cathedral. Picture: Royal School of Needlework
One of the 12 panels of The Litany of Loreto to go on display at Ely Cathedral. Picture: Royal School of Needlework
Modern pieces by RSN students to go on display at Ely Cathedral. Picture: Tas Kyprianou
Modern pieces by RSN students to go on display at Ely Cathedral. Picture: Tas Kyprianou

Joss Palmer, event manager at Ely Cathedral, said: “The Lady Chapel at Ely Cathedral is a beautiful light and spacious area providing the perfect location for admiring such famous works in a safe and socially distanced environment.”

An embroidered chair which will be part of the exhibition at Ely Cathedral. Picture: Royal School of Needlework
An embroidered chair which will be part of the exhibition at Ely Cathedral. Picture: Royal School of Needlework

For Worship & Glory II takes place from January 27 to March 13. Entry is via a cathedral visitor ticket, available from elycathedral.org/events/for-worship-glory-ii-exhibition.

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