Design your coat of arms competition

DESIGN YOUR OWN FAMILY COAT OF ARMS & WIN YOUR OWN COAT-OF-ARMS MUG AND HAVE YOUR DESIGN DISPLAYED IN THE CHARTERHOUSE!

While you are at home twiddling your artistic thumbs – why not have a go at designing your own family coat of arms?  (And for those of you who might perhaps have one already – design your own personal one!!)

The Sutton coat of arms and crest which you can see all around the Charterhouse, was actually not originally that of our founder Thomas Sutton – because he was a commoner, he didn’t have one.  But after his death in 1611 and the extraordinary legacy he left to create a school and almshouse at the Charterhouse – many wanted to honour him, so an existing Sutton family coat of arms was found, and a magnificent memorial created (which you can see in our Chapel).

Here’s the opportunity to create a coat of arms and crest that you think represents the special things about your family. You can use crayons, paints, tin foil, coloured paper, felt…. anything you like!

We’ll be running the competition until the end of June – and we will gather a panel of judges to select a winner in each age category.  The winners will have their coats of arms printed on a mug and their design displayed in the Charterhouse.

We will be showing selected entries on our social media platforms over the coming weeks.

For inspiration and to find out more about how crests were designed, and the significance of each of the elements within them, we’ve created an information sheet you can find here.

Deadline for all entries:
6.00pm Tuesday 30th June 2020

Please photograph and email all entries to:
charlotte.borger@thecharterhouse.org

(We cannot accept them by post at this time)

Materials:
We will accept entries designed in any kind of material – or designed digitally.

Size:
There is no size limit but please don’t send digital files larger than 4MB

Additional requirement: 
Every entry should be accompanied by a short explanation of why you chose to do this particular design for your family or yourself (max 200 words)

Personal details:
Please make sure we have an email address, and age group with every entry (only one entry per person). NB All entries under 16 yrs should supply a parent or adult carer’s email address.

Age groups: 
up to 6 yrs,  7 – 14 yrs,  15 – 18 yrs

IMPORTANT:
Please read the Terms & Conditions here

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE DESIGNS WILL NOT QUALIFY AS REAL COATS OF ARMS AND SHOULD NOT BE PASSED OFF AS SUCH. OFFICIAL COATS OF ARMS HAVE TO HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY THE COLLEGE OF ARMS.

 

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