Talk by Richard Humphries at The Secret Garden, Sudbury

Thursday 21 May 2020

All places for this visit have now been taken. There are usually a few cancellations so if you are interested in attending, please contact the Secretary/Treasurer David Smith who will get back to you as quickly as possible.


We hope you will be able to join us for a meeting at The Secret Garden restaurant in Sudbury for a talk by Richard Humphries on the evolution of the silk trade from China to Suffolk and how Sudbury became the centre of the silk industry in the UK. Richard has over 50 years experience in silk weaving and his company, Humphries Weaving, has earnt an international reputation for designing and weaving custom Jacquard fabrics. Richard has been responsible for weaving fine silk fabrics for Buckingham Palace, Hampton Court Palace, Windsor Castle, Osborne House, the National Trust – and the State Gold Carriage. We are delighted that Richard has agreed to give a talk to the Society. He is an acknowledged expert on silk weaving and is also an excellent and entertaining speaker. Richard will bring along a collection of some of the company’s fabrics which record the history of his company and some of the major commissions. Please note – we will be able to look at the fabrics but not touch!! The Secret Garden restaurant is at Buzzards Hall which is an historic 15th century building. The talk and lunch will be on the first floor of the Hall which dates from the reign of Henry VIII and was used over the centuries for weaving and spinning. A very appropriate venue for the talk.


The programme for the visit is;

10.30am: Meet for tea/coffee at The Secret Garden, Buzzards Hall, 17 Friars Street, Sudbury CO10 2AA. The Kingfisher Leisure Centre/Station Road car park CO10 2SU is opposite the Waitrose car park. It has 297 spaces (parking charge £2 for more than 3 hours) is ~5 mins walk from The Secret Garden.

11.00am: Talk by Richard Humphries in the upstairs restaurant.


12.30pm: A two course lunch. Please select from the menu. Drinks can be purchased separately on the day.


The cost is £30 per person.