Tregellas Foundation was established by the Cornish Bard,
the late Rita Tregellas Pope, to advance the knowledge and
understanding of Cornwall's cultural heritage. She planned
to achieve this through recreation and education in the arts,
literature, music, history and other recognised areas of study
relating to the region.
Tregellas Tapestry is a pictorial story of Cornwall. It
was conceived and researched by the Cornish Bard Tregellas
an Bluven - Rita Tregellas Pope, and designed and executed
under her direction. In 1991, she brought together a team
comprising two designers, Joanna Tucker and Annie Corey, and
a group of skilled spinners, dyers and embroiderers. Using
a variety of techniques including appliqué, embroidery and
collage, the Tapestry took three years to complete.
modern embroidery comprises 58 individual panels portraying
the milestones of Cornwall's rich history and culture from
prehistoric to modern times. The story shows how the Cornish
took their goods and skills across the world through the centuries.
Fact is interspersed with fiction, famous names are interwoven
with legend. Cornwall's contribution to world progress is
depicted in peace and war, in religion and folklore. Miners,
fishermen and farmers are remembered with pirates, priests
Click on any of the panels below to enlarge.