Durham Cathedral's embroidery treasures represent the best church needlework from the past eleven centuries. Among the outstanding treasures, highlights include the 10th-century Stole, Maniple and Girdle which are recorded as being given to the shrine of St Cuthbert by King Athelstan when he visited Chester-le-Street  in 934.  These are the only surviving pieces of Anglo-Saxon embroidery in England. They are also the only extant Anglo-Saxon embroideries which depict human figures. 

Other highlights include four late medieval velvet copes, a cope bought for the visit of King Charles I to Durham in 1633 and the cope worn by Bishops of Durham at 20th-century Coronation Services when they stand at the monarch's right hand throughout the ceremony.