New Embroidery Art to Commemorate Charles Darwin

New Embroidery Art to Commemorate Charles Darwin

A new piece of embroidery art is currently on show at the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery at Rowley's House.

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, the Shropshire branch of the Embroiders Guild have created a wall hanging banner. The banner, which consists of 75 individual pieces of embroidery all measuring 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches stitched together to form a large mounted banner, is currently showcasing at the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

The hanging banner celebrates Charles Darwin with one end starting at 1809 and the other end finishing at 2009. All the pieces featured within the banner then join up to mark the 200 years in between from start to finish.

The banner features all sorts of embroidery techniques from goldwork to stampwork and cross stitch.

Commenting Maggie Turner, Chairman of the Shropshire Branch of the Embroiders Guild said 'We are extremely proud of the banner as it reflects the breadth of skill and techniques used in embroidery and the skill of the members who worked hard to produce this. We wanted to make a statement about Darwin and this piece of embroidery is our contribution to celebrate the anniversary.

The mounted banner can be seen on display in Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery on the staircase leading to the ground floor.

For further information on Shrewsbury's Darwin celebrations visit

Date Posted: 6th February 2009

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