Last updated: 21/08/2012
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The first step was to display the history of Cornwall in the
form of a tapestry. This modern embroidery was conceived, designed
and executed under the direction of Rita Tregellas Pope. She
brought together a team comprising two designers, Joanna Tucker and
Annie Corey, and a group of skilled spinners, dyers and
embroiderers to create this unique record of Cornish history and
culture from prehistoric to modem times.
It was completed in three years and comprises fifty-eight
embroidered panels. The story shows how the Cornish took their
goods and skills across the world through the centuries. Fact is
interspersed with fiction, famous names interwoven with legend.
Cornwall's contribution to world progress is depicted in peace and
war, in religion and folklore. Miners, fishermen and farmers are
remembered with pirates, priests and inventors in the Tregellas
The embroidered panels were framed in 2000 as advised by the
Royal School of Needlework. To mark the Millennium some panels were
exhibited at different venues around the country, including Royston
Museum, Hertfordshire, Helston, Marazion, Callington and at the
Gorsedd in Falmouth.
The permanent display of the complete Tregellas Tapestry at Alma
Place is the first phase of the Redruth Education and Economic Arts
Partnership. This project has similar aims to those of Rita
Tregellas Pope, and it is fitting that such a superb work of art is
on display in the heart of Cornwall.
For more information click this link to the
Tregellas Tapestry pages on the Visit Redruth website.