The Tregellas Tapestries show the story of Cornwall from prehistory to modern day, in 58 encapsulating embroidered tapestries.
Known as Redruth’s hidden treasure, the Tregellas Tapestries are a collection of panels of artwork depicting the story of Cornwall in a unique modern tapestry. The word tapestry perhaps doesn’t quite convey how extensive the piece of art is: in short it is a breathtaking work of embroidery, created with appliqué, collage, paint, wool, silks, metal, cork and wood under the direction of Cornish Bard Rita Tregellas Pope, and two designers Joanne Tucker and Anne Corey. The tapestry was created to 'advance the knowledge of Cornwall’s cultural heritage and showcase Cornish history, pre-history, legends industries and activities. The work took three years to complete.
To mark the Millennium some panels were exhibited at different venues around the country, including Royston Museum, Hertfordshire, Helston, Marazion, Callington and at the Gorsedd in Falmouth.
For nearly 20 years the tapestries hung at the Cornwall Centre in Alma Place, they have now moved to Kresen Kernow site. Several of the tapestries are on display at Kresen Kernow at any one time and the rest can be seen by visiting there strongrooms. (by pre-arrangement). Kresen Kernow have also digitised the full selection.