Award recognises Pat’s dedication

PUBLISHED: 10:35 19 June 2013 | UPDATED: 10:35 19 June 2013

Pat Perryman keeps the tradition of Honiton Lace alive. She is pictured in front of the lace collection at Allhallows Museum.

Pat Perryman keeps the tradition of Honiton Lace alive. She is pictured in front of the lace collection at Allhallows Museum.


Honiton Lace expert Pat Perryman awarded the British Empire Medal.

A Honiton lace maker has been recognised for her dedication in keeping the local tradition alive.

Pat Perryman, who is chairman of the trustees at Allhallows Musuem, has been awarded the British Empire Medal, which she will be presented with later in the year at a ceremony at County Hall in Exeter.

“It is an honour and a bit of publicity for the museum and lace in general,” says the 74-year-old.

However, it was only by chance that Mrs Perryman got involved in lace making.

She started in 1969 after she was encouraged by her husband to find a hobby and went along to a lace making class to keep a friend company - she has been doing it now for nearly 45 years.

Two and half years after starting, Mrs Perryman was taking the class and is regarded as a leading authority on Honiton lace, which is a fine English hand-made bobbin lace and a major cottage industry in the town prior to the industrial revolution.

She has taught the craft in the USA, Switzerland, France and Germany and has even featured on a number of television programmes over the years including Antiques Roadshow.

“It has been going since about 1600 and I am not about it let it die out now,” added Mrs Perryman.

As a result of her dedication the museum has funds to secure, preserve and maintain many historical items and treasures to keep the town’s heritage for future generations.

Next year Mrs Perryman will be invited to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

Allhallows Museum is well-known for its lace collection, which includes royal lace from the Spencer collection and pieces worn by Wallis Simpson, but it is also home to items from World War Two and various examples of Honiton Pottery.

Entry is currently free to the museum.

The musueum continues to help keep Honiton’s legacy alive by passing on the town’s lace making heritage to the younger generation. Classes are held on Saturdays. For more information call the museum on 01404 44966.

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