Millennium Embroideries a true labour of love

The Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries represent a thousand years of the county’s history and, following a hugely successful tour across the UK, creator Sylvia Everitt has gifted them to the Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery in Leek.

Described by Sylvia as a labour of love, the embroideries took her five and a half years to complete and depict the achievers and innovators, the famous and infamous and events momentous and mundane that chart Staffordshire’s history in vivid colours.

Sylvia said she was pleased to find a suitable, permanent home for the embroideries.

“Working on these embroideries was a significant commitment – my husband and I didn’t have a holiday for over five years – and they have been received with joy and enthusiasm wherever we have displayed them.

“I’m delighted to hand them into the safe keeping of the Nicholson and I hope they bring as much pleasure and enjoyment to those who see them as I had in doing them.” 

The exhibition runs until March 28 with a talk by Sylvia, A Love Letter to Staffordshire, on March 8, at 2pm.