The Quilt Detectives are on the case!
26 December 2009
New grant for The Quilt Association
The Quilt Association has received a grant of £5000 from the lottery-fund grants programme ‘Awards for All Wales’ for a research project focussing on quilts from its Heritage Quilt collection.
The Quilt Association has a growing collection of antique Welsh quilts, many made locally. The funding will enable a volunteer team, with the help of a professional textile historian from Manchester Metropolitan University, to make detailed research into individual quilts. Volunteers will look at the quilt construction methods, fabrics, and social history of the makers during their investigations. They plan to interview donors of some of the quilts, as well as their families and friends. All clues will be followed up, until the intriguing stories behind the quilts are revealed. Information will then be made available at The Minerva Art Centre during quilt exhibitions, and eventually on the organisation’s website.
Chair of the organisation, Andy Warren, is excited by news of the award. He said: “Visitors to the Centre are always keen to find out more about the history of our quilts. This money gives us the chance to gather and record valuable information before it is lost forever.”
If you would like to find out more about volunteering for this project, or The Quilt Association in general, please contact Jackie Newey or Doreen Gough on 01686 413467.