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For Worship & Glory II Exhibition

26 January 2022


Entry by Ely Cathedral 'Visitor Ticket'. Available to book now for dates: 26 January - 28 February. March dates on sale soon.

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An exhibition of ecclesiastical works from the Collection of the Royal School of Needlework, alongside contemporary fashion pieces from the RSN’s Degree programme.

26 January - 13 March 2022
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm | Sunday: 12.30pm - 3.30pm*

Following the success of the previous Worship and Glory exhibition in 2015, the RSN are returning to Ely with more stunning displays with an ecclesiastical focus. This second exhibition will be enriched by several fashion pieces from the RSN’s Degree programme.

Highlights include the opportunity to see all 12 panels of the Litany of Loreto. This will be the first time they have been exhibited together since 2013, enabling close scrutiny of these amazing works alongside some of the original designs created by Italian graphic designer Ezio Anichini.

The RSN is not just about historic embroidery. Their current students produce some stunning contemporary pieces of work for fashion and interiors and some of which will be displayed alongside the traditional ecclesiastical pieces, showcasing a variety of techniques and revealing how embroidery is represented today.

* Please check our opening hours page for any changes to exhibition times.

Groups and coaches are very welcome. Please book tickets in advance by calling our Groups Manager on 01353 660359.

We’re delighted to announce that the Royal School of Needlework will be teaching two exclusive hand embroidery classes at Ely Cathedral Centre in March to celebrate the For Worship & Glory II Exhibition.

Join RSN Tutor, Heather Lewis to stitch a stunning Goldwork Fleur de Lis design on Saturday 5 March and RSN Tutor, Helen Jones to create a gorgeous Whitework Waterlily motif (including the Mountmellick stitch) on Saturday 12 March.

RSN Goldwork Class

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RSN Whitework Class

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Covid Safety

The wellbeing and safety of everyone coming to Ely Cathedral is of the upmost importance. Whilst face masks are no longer compulsory, we encourage all staff, volunteers and anyone attending a service, event or concert wear a face mask inside the building (unless exempt) and please use the hand sanitiser stations located at key points around the Cathedral.