Autumn in Burnley – Gawthorpe Hall

Lady Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth at Gawthorpe’s Hall

Burnley is proud to be hosting a season of exhibitions and displays to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of The Honourable Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth MBE.
The Gawthorpe’s Great Lady Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth 1886-1967, is currently located at Gawthorpe Hall, and will remain on display until Sunday 5th November.

The display showcases some of the items from Rachel’s prestigious textiles collection, as well as illuminating some lesser-known aspects of her life, including photographs and personal artifacts that have rarely been on public display.

Entrance to the exhibition is included in the normal admission price to Gawthorpe Hall which is £4 for adults and £3 for concessions. National Trust members and children go free.


Where: Gawthorpe Hall, Burnley Road, Padiham, Burnley, Lancashire. BB12 8UA


Miss Rachel’s Roses

The rose was Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth’s favourite flower, this exhibition marks fifty years since Miss Rachel died and features contemporary work themed around the rose and inspired by pieces from her textile collection. Items on display have been made by members of Gawthorpe Textiles Collection’s community studio.



A series of new contemporary artworks by visual artist Serena Partridge have been unveiled at Gawthorpe Textiles Collection as part of its 2017 season of exhibitions and displays marking the 50th anniversary of Miss. Rachel’s death. It is also part of Fabrications, September’s forthcoming celebration of textiles through the eyes of Lancashire artists.
There will be a special event on Monday September 10th, when Serena will be leading multiple Luminary exhibition tours and providing guests with a unique insight into her art.


Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth (1886-1967)

Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth was the founder of the Gawthorpe Textiles Collection. She was an extraordinary woman with a strong sense of community and a passion for arts education.
Rachel was born into the family that had owned Gawthorpe Hall since the fourteenth century. Her grandfather, James Kay-Shuttleworth, has been described as ‘the father of popular education in England’. Her father Ughtred, a predominant Liberal politician, was made Baron Shuttleworth in 1902. Rachel’s mother, Blanche, was an able needlewoman and was committed to social welfare and Rachel accompanied her to help disadvantaged people.

At the age of nine, Rachel began amassing the Gawthorpe Textiles Collection from objects acquired by her family over the years. By age twenty six, she had collected more than 1000 items and started to record them in a catalogue with the date of acquisition, country of origin, date, donor’s name and a brief description of the item.
The pieces Rachel collected are the unique foundation of a truly remarkable learning resource. Her enthusiasm and organisational skill can be seen from over sixty years of cataloguing the items she discovered and collected. This included items she made herself, in addition to donations from friends and contemporary practitioners.