The Lace Guild
|Purpose||To encourage the craft of lacemaking|
The Lace Guild is the largest organization in the British Isles for lacemakers and those interested in lacemaking. Its aims are to provide information about the craft of lacemaking, its history and use, to promote a high standard of lacemaking, and to encourage the design, development and professional presentation of lace. It is a registered educational charity.
The Lace Guild was founded in 1976, following a resurgence in interest in a craft that had existed in Britain since the sixteenth century. The first Chairman was Doreen Wright (1907–2003). In 1985 The Lace Guild acquired permanent headquarters, ‘The Hollies’, administered by paid staff at Stourbridge in the West Midlands.
Membership and organization
Although The Lace Guild is based in Britain, there are no national restrictions on membership. Members elect an executive committee, who are Trustees of the charity, and serve for a three year period. The committee reports to members each year at an AGM which is held during the annual convention.
The Lace Guild publishes a quarterly magazine, Lace, which members receive as part of their membership. The Lace Guild publishes books, especially instruction books on various laces, the development of which it also fosters through an assessment scheme. It has a large library, from which British members may borrow in person or by post, and its website includes pages with information on lacemaking and different styles of lace. It organizes courses, a summer school, an annual convention, and a triennial open competition.
The Lace Guild headquarters, ‘The Hollies’, houses the organization’s extensive museum collection of lace and related artefacts. Themed exhibitions of selections of lace from the collection or elsewhere are shown in the display room. These exhibitions change quarterly and are open to the public (not just Lace Guild members) on Fridays. On other days of the week and for large groups it is necessary to make an appointment before visiting. Viewing of specific items in the collection can also be arranged.
The Lace Guild website includes a page which presents a changing series of virtual exhibitions of items from the museum collection. There is also an email service, ‘Artefact of the Month’, through which one may receive a monthly image from the museum collection.
- Charity Commission. The Lace Guild, registered charity no. 274397.
- Gilian Dye (2001). Silver Threads & Going for Gold. The Lace Guild. p. 64. ISBN 1901372103. This is also the source for the information in the first paragraph of the HIstory section.
- "List of Accredited Museums in the UK" (xls). Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- "Lace". Lace. The Lace Guild. ISSN 0308-3039.
- "The Craft of Lace". The Lace Guild. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- "Virtual Gallery of Museum Items". The Lace Guild. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- "Artefact of the Month Service". The Lace Guild. Retrieved 5 February 2013.