Museum News

Embroiderers’ Guild of South Australia Museum Report
November/December 2015Change of Name
The Museum changed its full name to Embroiderers’ Guild of South Australia Museum at its October meeting. South Australia rather than SA because internationally SA means South Africa.

Community Heritage Grant
The Museum has been awarded a $4,950 federal Community Heritage Grant to fund a preservation needs assessment. The grant was announced at the National Library of Australia in Canberra on 27 October, 2015.This year, grants worth $438,710 have been distributed to 75 community groups and organisations from around Australia to assist in the identification and preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections.

The grant is important in supporting the effort to preserve the collection of the Embroiderers’ Guild of South Australia Museum at the grassroots level. The grant provides the funds for professional expertise to help us protect our collection and make it accessible while it remains in the local context. The preservation needs assessment will be conducted by Kristin Phillips, Principal Textiles Conservator at Artlab, in 2016 and will involve a number of the Embroiderers’ Guild Museum volunteers.

Director-General of the National Library of Australia, Ms Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, said the CHG program showed the commitment by the National Library, along with its partner institutions and the Federal Government, in encouraging communities to care for the nation’s heritage, be it in small country towns or capital cities.

CHG is managed by the National Library. It is funded by the Australian Government through the Ministry for the Arts; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; the National Museum of Australia and the National Library.

Golden Thread Exhibition
We are very pleased with the success of the museum’s ‘Golden Thread’ exhibition. There has been a great deal of interest. Pauline Cockrill from History SA posted a feature on their website plus photographs. The exhibition display in the Committee Room and the hallway will be taken down for the duration of the Guild members’ 2016 exhibition.

History SA website:

Photographs on Flickr courtesy of History SA:


State History Conference
I was able to represent the Embroiderers’ Guild Museum at the State History Conference in Robe from October 23rd to 25th, thanks to a bursary from History SA and support from the museum. The whole conference was of great interest, the Friday being of particular interest for community museums. Presentations ranged from collections’ and museums’ roles and involvement in the community to topics related to South Australian history, the South East in particular.

Additions to the Collection
A family christening gown donated by Margaret Rundle
Four objects purchased in Istanbul by the donor, Pamela Tomes:
19th century Turkish goldwork cloth
Suzani worked in Bokhara couching in blue silks
two similar white cloths, one large and one small, beaded in silver, clear beads.

Di Fisher


Skirt Panel

Skirt Panel

A skirt panel of black silk faille with a trailing design of leaves, flowers and fruit in silver and gold threads, apricot and cream coloured silks and sequins. This is a particularly fine piece of embroidery showing a wide variety of filling stitches and gold work techniques.

Unknown origin
19th Century (late) / 1890s