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Summer textile workshops at the Herefordshire archives and records centre

John Speed Map Textiles

A series of workshops with Anne Shoring using thread and stitches to create maps and houses, inspired by John Speed’s 1610 map of Herefordshire are being held at Herefordshire archives and records centre (HARC) this summer.

John Speed (1552-1629) is arguably the most famous English cartographer of any period, as a result of his atlas The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine. The individual maps are the best known and among the most sought-after of all county maps.  The maps themselves were derived from the best and most up- to-date sources available. However, Speed also made innovations of his own - introducing town plans on many of the maps, including county boundaries on almost all maps and also the coats of arms of local Earls and Dukes as well the Royal arms. The overall effect is to produce very decorative, attractive and informative maps. (courtesy of

The workshops are:-

Simple Sampler - Practice your stitches and create a basic hanging Saturday 9 July, 10am - 12:30pm. Cost £30.

My House - A stitched memoir of the places that matter to me. Wednesday 20 July 10am - 3pm. Cost £50. Please bring a packed lunch.

Speed’s map book cover- A stitched journal cover using Speed’s map of Hereford. Wednesday 3 August, 10am - 3pm. Cost £50. Please bring a packed lunch.

For all workshops please bring bring scissors, needles and embroidery hoop, all other materials will be provided.

Held at Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre, Fir Tree Lane, Rotherwas, Hereford. HR2 6LA.

Free parking, refreshments provided

Booking essential - please call  01432 260750 or email

For more information on events at the HARC please visit the HARC events page on the Herefordshire council website

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