Bucks Museum is home to the national collection of the Embroiderers’ Guild. We work with local Guild volunteers to look after the Guild collection and create exhibitions of the highlights of the collections in the Guild’s Beryl Dean Gallery at Bucks Museum.
The Embroiderers’ Guild was formed in 1906 with the aim of raising technical and design standards in British embroidery. The Guild did this by collecting examples of old and foreign stitch work which Guild members could use to inspire and inform their own practice. Today the Guild’s collection numbers several thousand items – ranging from small stitched fragments to large hangings – and is considered a nationally important collection of world costume and textiles.
In 2016, the Embroiderers’ Guild moved its collection to Bucks County Museum on long-term loan. Since then, Museum staff and volunteers have been busy behind the scenes preparing the collection so that it may be made fully accessible for the public to enjoy through exhibitions and an online database.