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Muncaster Castle Embroideries – Coming Live!


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Good morning and a Happy Sunday all around!

I’m popping up here on Sunday (somewhat unusual) to pass along some embroidery news so that you can plan ahead to take advantage of it, if you’re interested.

You might recall that, earlier this year, I mentioned the Lady Anne’s Needlework Retreat going on in the UK (this coming week), hosted by Phillipa Turnbull and The Crewel Work Company.

One of their planned visits is to Muncaster Castle, on the west coast of the English Lake District. Muncaster is home to the Pennington family, who have collected over the years (over the centuries, really) an impressive array of textiles that are seldom seen by the public.

Muncaster Castle Embroideries

On Wednesday, October 1st, Philippa will be unveiling and talking about some of the hidden embroidery treasures at Muncaster, as part of her needlework tour.

Normally, a lecture on a needlework tour several thousand miles away wouldn’t really have much to do with the rest of us who aren’t on the tour, would it?

But guess what? They’ll be live-streaming the viewing of the embroideries and the lecture straight from Muncaster this Wednesday, October 1st.

Live Stream Viewing Times

The event is planned for between 10:00 am – 12:30 pm (UK time), which places it at a rather awkward viewing time for some of us. In the US, that’s from 5:00 – 7:30 am on the East Coast (Boston), 2:00 – 4:30 am on the West Coast (San Francisco), and 4:00 – 6:30 am here in the middle (Kansas).

In Australia, some of you will have prime time viewing hours – 7:00 – 9:30 pm in Sydney, for example.

The event probably won’t last the whole 2.5 hours, but it will take place during that time frame.

Muncaster Castle Embroideries

Where to Watch

If the technological details work out, I’ll embed the live stream video here on Needle ‘n Thread. If the logistics don’t quite work out (with that time zone thing going on!), I’ll at least let you know ahead of time where you can view the event online, so you can bookmark it and watch it live.

I’m hoping that a recording will be made simultaneously, so that the event can be viewed conveniently for those not able to tune in during the wee hours.

Right now, those are all the details I have for you, but I’ll share further details with you this Tuesday.

In the meantime, you can read about the history of Muncaster Castle here. Use the menu on the left side of the page to move through the various articles.


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  1. Thanks for the info Mary – it’s only a few hundred miles away from me as I’m in UK on the South Coast near Portsmouth – so the viewing time will be fine too!

  2. This sounds so awesome! I hope the technical stuff works out. It’ll be so nice for those of us without the means to go on these wonderful adventures! Once again your generosity astounds, Mrs. Corbet.

    Ps. I hope to see the Hummer on Monday, because I was looking forward to that tail all week!

    1. No worries, Mrs. Corbet! I’m just obsessed because Hummers are my second favorite bird. If you had done the peacock I’d never shut up! 😀

  3. Great news Mary!

    I’m going to share the posting with the Fibers Department at the University I attend. Like many others, I hope there is a video. Most of the students dread 8am classes, so attendance at a 4:30am might be sparse!

    Thanks for sharing the news. Being constrained by finances and unable to travel, I live ‘vicariously’ by these types of events. 😉


  4. Mary, aren’t you just amazing?! Taking time to do extra writing on a Sunday to share this news with us. I adore Phillipa and as I’m unable to travel this post simply made my day. Living in CST I guess I’ll just stay up to catch the streaming at the same time as you – lucky us! Thank you again for sharing!

  5. Thank you so much for providing this opportunity. It is very generous of you to do so. I live in the US and will be watching intently.

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