The Elizabeth Hoare Embroidery Gallery, high up in the Treforium of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral was opened in 1992 and is unique in being the only museum in Great Britain devoted to the care and display of Victorian and Edwardian ecclesiastical embroidery.
Much of the collection in the Gallery owes its existence to many women and its survival to its latter day guardian, Elizabeth Hoare, the niece of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, architect of the Cathedral and son of the co-founder with Bodley and Thomas Garner of Watts & Co.
Mrs Hoare, herself a director of Watts & Co rescued most of the pieces in the 1960s and 1970s when convent work-rooms were closing down and much fine 19th century embroidery-work was considered unfashionable. It was her keen sense of the worth of English embroidery that saved so much of value and her determination that resulted in her collection being on permanent display.
Elisabeth Hoare, 1985 Watts & Co