Royal School of Needlework Online Summer Exhibition 2020

Updated 6 August. Hampton Court Palace and gardens (including The Magic Garden) is open 7 days a week through August until 6 September. Entry to the Magic Garden requires a palace admission ticket for non members. The Maze remains closed. Please read our visit information


From 8 July

Online only

Ticketing information

Exhibition can be viewed online using the links below:

RSN Certificate Diploma graduates

RSN Degree graduates  

RSN Future Tutors graduates 



View spectacular works of hand embroidery in the online exhibition

This annual summer exhibition showcases the work of the 28 ‘Certificate & Diploma in Technical Hand Embroidery’ students.

These stunning creations will be displayed online in 2020, due to Coronavirus (see link below).

Be inspired by the variety of techniques and the contemporary approach to this traditional craft.

From 8 July, 12.00 noon.

You can also view the ‘Class of 2020 Spotlights’ of RSN Degree Graduates and Future Tutors Graduates.(see links below)

View the RSN 2020 C&D graduates online exhibition View the RSN Degree graduates online exhibition View the RSN Future Tutors graduates online exhibition
A piece of embroidery created by Julia Jackson as part of a course at the Royal School of Needlework. It is to be used only in the promotion of the RSN online summer exhibition 2020.

Work by Julia Jackson, Certificate & Diploma in Technical Hand Embroidery, 2020.

The Royal Society of Needlework logo with Royal Arms.

Courses at the Royal School of Needlework

Certificate & Diploma in Technical Hand Embroidery
The Royal School of Needlework’s Certificate & Diploma in Technical Hand Embroidery concentrates on four core techniques: Jacobean Crewelwork, Silk Shading, Basic Goldwork and either Canvas Stitches or Blackwork. Students are part of a long tradition of maintaining the highest standard in the beautiful art of hand embroidery.

These courses offer a flexible structure. Students can enrol throughout the year and choose days that suit them, so perfect for anyone with family or work constraints. Intensive courses during the summer are popular with International Students.

Future Tutors Programme – the Royal School of Needlework’s Teacher Training Course
Designed to train future teachers of hand embroidery, this three-year full-time course at Hampton Court Palace is the Royal School of Needlework’s own professional qualification and includes a teaching qualification to City & Guilds Level 3.

Students learn a wide variety of hand embroidery techniques and teaching theory, in addition to practical and commercial experience. No previous experience in hand embroidery is necessary.

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Two shire horses pull a tram, also known as a charabanc carriage, outside the baroque exterior of Hampton Court Palace

Meet Henry VIII's Great Shire Horses and enjoy a tram ride through 500 years of history at Hampton Court Palace.


Hampton Court Palace


Separate ticket

The blue and gold vaulted ceiling of the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace
Highlights Things to see

Walk in the footsteps of kings and queens at the Chapel Royal, which has been in continuous use for almost 500 years.


Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The Haunted Gallery at Hampton Court, looking west.
Things to see

Walk Henry VIII’s route from his private apartments to the Chapel and see the infamous Haunted Gallery in the State Apartments.


Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)