The Royal School of Needlework welcomes you to its home at Hampton Court Palace in west London for this year’s Dyes in History and Archaeology.
We will be holding the main conference in the Clore Learning Centre which means we have a maximum of 100 places, so early booking is advised.
On the additional pages you can find details for Abstracts, the Registration form, information about accommodation, the Gala Dinner and the very special visit on the Saturday.
Abstract submission by 31 May 2017.
|Wednesday 25||From 5pm welcome reception in the rooms of the Royal School of Needlework. Opportunity to see some students’ work.|
|Thursday 26||Conference programme day one.|
|Thursday 26 evening||Conference dinner at The Mitre overlooking the river Thames.|
|Friday 27||Conference programme day two.|
|Saturday 28||Visit to Dennis Severs’ house and Spitalfields and a full afternoon at the Warner Textile Archive.|
On Thursday, between the conference and dinner for those staying outside Hampton Court there will be the opportunity to visit the RSN Studio and current exhibition of embellishment in historical fashion.
There will also be the opportunity to visit Historic Royal Palaces’ Collection Conservation Centre based here at Hampton Court Palace.
The easiest way is by public transport. Hampton Court is served by a direct train starting from Waterloo at 06 and 36 minutes past the hour, arriving at Hampton Court station at 42 and 12 minutes past the hour respectively.
This train also stops at Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Wimbledon and Surbiton for those making connections. For example, if linked to the tube it can be easier to take the Victoria line to Vauxhall or the District line to Wimbledon and catch the trains there (10 and 40 mins past the hour at Vauxhall and 22 and 52 mins past the hour at Wimbledon, at both stations from platform 8).
It is possible to get to Hampton Court from all the London airports but if you have a choice the easiest is probably Gatwick. From Gatwick you can take a train to Clapham Junction which are fairly frequent and then take the train from Clapham Junction to Hampton Court (platform 11 at 15 and 45 mins past the hour). If you are staying at Kingston and want to drop off luggage first then from the same platform at Clapham Junction take the train to Shepperton which stops at Kingston and Hampton Wick. The Shepperton train is 28 and 58 mins past the hour.
Heathrow is technically the nearest airport but the local journey is tortuous by public transport (the 111 bus goes from Heathrow right past the door of Hampton Court and on to Kingston but it can take two hours on a bad day due to traffic). If there are a couple of you it is probably easiest to pre-book a local taxi. The number is +44 (0) 20 3475 4699. This is cheaper than picking up a taxi at the airport. When booking your cab ensure you know which terminal you are coming in to.
If you are staying in Kingston then the easiest way to get to Hampton Court is the local buses. The 111, 411 and 216 pass the gates. On these buses automated voices shout out the names of the stop and it is displayed on the interior. The stop you want is called Hampton Court Palace Gardens.
To get to the conference rooms go through Adam Gate, the large gate just in front of you as you get off the bus. Walk straight until you come to the end of narrow part. (You are virtually at the Palace). Turn to your right and go back through the ivy covered arch, turn left walking across the front of the car park until you come to a building on the right hand side, that is where we will be. It is less than a five minute walk from the bus stop.
The nearest hotel to Hampton Court Palace is The Mitre which is just opposite the Palace gates. They have given us an offer but they cannot accommodate everyone. Details are below.
The nearest town is Kingston which is a short bus ride away (Buses 111, 411 and 216 go past the gates).
Please make all bookings direct with the hotels. In addition to those listed here there are a number of others accessible by hotel online services and there are airbnb locations too.
£129.00 B&B for the Traditional Room, £139.00 B&B for the Deluxe Room and £159.00 B&B for the Exclusive Room.
Guests can phone the hotel on +44 (0) 208 979 9988 to make the room booking.
Kingston has a Hilton Double Tree and Premier Inn
Probably a 15 min walk from Surbiton Station, itself less than a ten minute train journey from Hampton Court, in different directions are the Hotel Antoinette and the Holiday Inn Kingston South (trains from Surbiton are 04 and 34 mins past the hour).
Single Rooms at £60.00 per night
Double/Twin Rooms at £67.00 per night
Courtyard Rooms at £77.00 per night
These rates are inclusive of Full English Breakfast, VAT, and on site parking. Rooms have television, hospitality tray, hairdryer, direct dial telephone, free wi-fi access, and well appointed bathroom. Other facilities include a 24 hour front desk, café lounge, Hampton Restaurant and bar.
Bedrooms: Standard Double rooms
Rate: £119.00 per room per night
Inclusions: VAT, English Breakfast and WIFI
Release period: All the unsold / unbooked rooms will be released 30 Days prior to arrival
Cancellation policy: Before 4.p.m on the day or arrival
Every booking will have to be supported with valid Credit Card Details as a guarantee. Book directly with the hotel website hikingston.co.uk
Other sources of hotels can be found at a number of the stations on the route from Waterloo to Hampton Court. There are Travelodges at Waterloo, Vauxhall, Clapham Junction and Raynes Park.
The dinner will take place at The Mitre opposite Hampton Court Palace in the Pavilion Suite with views over the River Thames.
The dinner is at 7.30 but for those with accommodation away from Hampton Court there will be an optional tour of the RSN’s Studio and its latest exhibition of embellishment in (historical) fashion.
At the Mitre we will be greeted with a glass of Prosecco, followed by a three-course meal (choices will be sent nearer the time) and a glass of wine or soft drink with the meal. (Further drinks may be bought).
We are going to visit one of London’s most historic districts, Spitalfields and while there visit one of the world’s most unusual places: the Dennis Severs house. Following this there will be time for a short walk around the area passing some of the Silk Weaver’s houses including designer Anna Maria Gawthorpe’s before catching the train to Braintree, the home of the Warner Textile company and their amazing archive where we will have a two hour opportunity to visit and explore the archive, beginning with an introduction but allowing us time to explore by ourselves.
We will have a packed lunch on the train and tea and cakes at Warners.
Cost £64. Only additional cost is getting from your accommodation to Liverpool Street.
Dennis Severs, an artist who used his visitors’ imaginations as his canvas lived in the house in much the same way as its original occupants might have done in the early 18th Century. This he did for his own personal enjoyment as well as for the harvest of an atmosphere, which he then employed to provide the visitor with an extraordinary experience. To enter its door is to pass through a frame into a painting, one with a time and life of its own.
The game is that you interrupt a family of Huguenot silk weavers named Jervis who, though they can still sometimes be heard, seem always to be just out of sight. As you journey off into a silent search through the ten rooms, each lit by fire and candlelight, you receive a number of stimulations to your senses.
It is the smell of food that first aligns your imagination with the faces around you in portraits. Then Mr. Jervis’ wig, is it not the very same one that hangs over the back of his chair? His meal is only half eaten; did he abandon it when he heard us arrive?
Visitors begin to do what they might if indeed they had travelled through a frame into a painting: use what they sense to piece together the scene they had missed. Thus, and this was Mr Severs’ intention, what you imagine… is his art.
It’s fun and now after almost thirty five years the experience ranks as one of the rarest in the world. David Hockney once rated its effect as standing amongst those of the world’s great opera experiences. Mr Severs spent a lifetime peering past sitters in paintings in search of the light and moods that lie in the air of Other Times. Sharing what he found and created here is what a visit to the house is all about. A rare thing to experience first hand: the warm, smoky light captured by the Old Masters; the creak of footsteps on wood; whispers and opening doors; arresting reflections, mixtures, textures and smells; the ticking and chiming of clocks; a cat and a canary
The experience is conducted in silence. Its level is poetic and unlike anything, so works best on those who are endowed, willing and able to meet it halfway. The house’s motto is “you either see it, or you don’t”. Post-materialist, it seeks to remind the visitor of one thing: what we cannot see is essential to what we do.
Be warned, it is a mistake to trivialise or pigeonhole the experience into any of the mothball camps: “heritage”, “local history”, “antiques”, “lifestyle” or “museum”. A visit requires the same style of concentration as does an exhibition of Old Masters.
Dennis Severs called his unique spectators sport “still-life drama”, and his goal was to provide his visitors with a rare moment in which to become as lost in another time as they appear to be in their own. He proved that the formula amounts to the same in any time, that getting caught up in it all is what we call “now”.
The Warner Textile Archive is a rich design resource documenting the successes and innovation of Warner & Sons from the late 1800s. The Collection comprises stunning textiles and inspirational paper designs, as well as original printing blocks, photographs and other documentary material.
If you’re looking for exclusivity then this is the package for you. Gain access to the Warner Textile Archive store where over 100,000 items are carefully archived including over 60,000 textiles and 10,000 paper designs. Enjoy a talk on Warner & Sons whilst you are shown some of the fantastic collection in our care. After your private visit to the store you will have time to browse the Archive Gallery, discovering more of the collection and its rich history.