Norwich Cathedral Broderers’ Guild was set up in 1997 to support the work done on textiles used in the Cathedral as well as to serve the textile needs of the Diocese.
The workshop is situated in The Close and operates two days per week normally from 10.00am – 4.00pm with one hour for lunch.
Work is varied and allocated by the workshop supervisor. Volunteers can be asked to do anything from mundane housekeeping (such as letting down hems on the boys’ choir robes) to making up Civil War jackets for the Education Department to fine embroidery worked on silk damask for a stole or frontal.
Guild volunteers have a variety of skill levels and experience. Some have a City and Guilds qualification or have attended adult education classes, some have worked in the clothing trade, whilst others have many years of experience of embroidery or dressmaking as a hobby.
Volunteers need good eyesight (with or without glasses) and manual dexterity. They need to be cheerful, adaptable, willing to follow instructions and be prepared to work as a team member. Reliability is important and volunteers will be expected to commit themselves to working a half or whole day each week. However, we do understand that many of our volunteers like to enjoy extended holidays and have other commitments.
Prospective volunteers are asked to attend an informal interview at the workshop, bringing with them at least three samples of work, preferably completed in the previous three years. If selected, new volunteers are subject to a four week probationary period.
Training is given as required.
For more information please contact the Workshop Supervisor, Helen Jenkins (01603 218326).