Quilts with a story to tell at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

26 May 2017

A pair of quilts embroidered with the wartime history of Derbyshire is set to go on display.

History arts project, Stitching the Wars, opens at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery on Wednesday 7 June 2017.

This award-winning project combines history, poetry and embroidery by older people living in rural Derbyshire, including many with dementia. The two quilts are embroidered with testimony from older people who survived two world wars.

Councillor Barry Lewis, Leader of Derbyshire County Council and Designate Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism said:

"These beautiful quilts, and the memories behind them, make for a fascinating and moving exhibition. They are a lovely demonstration of the value of projects that combine community and local history to create art."

Artist Lois Blackburn from the arts organisation arthur+martha is behind the collaborative community quilts.

Ms Blackburn said:

"This is touchable history, quilts hand-stitched by over 400 older people with fragments of their stories. One of the great joys of the project has been to witness the pleasure of people with dementia who have taken part, turning memory from a thing to be feared to a thing to be relished."

The opening event, on 7 June 2017 from 1pm to 3pm, will also see the launch of an accompanying book, containing photos, stories and poems. One of the quilts will remain on display until autumn.

The project received grants totalling £38,880 from Arts Council England, Foundation Derbyshire, us, Derbyshire Dales Council, Age UK, The Alzheimer's Society and The Farming Life Centre.