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At Macclesfield for the 2010 British Quilt Study Group weekend

7 November 2010

Trustees Susan Levett and  Jackie Newey attended the annual seminar of the British Quilt Study Group on 29 - 31 October at Macclesfield in Cheshire. Friday was spent with other enthusiasts studying quilts from the collection of Bridget Long with Dr Philip Sykas, Research Associate at Manchester Metropolitan University.

On Saturday Debbie Evans presented a paper on "A North Wales tradition?" This was followed by Jan Rae's presentation on "The Wemyss School of Needlework and the Business of Quilting 1928 - 1939."  The evening's talk was by Dr Brenda King on textiles by Thomas and Elizabeth Wardle.

Sunday's speaker, Vivienne Johnson, discussed the role of quilts in fiction over the centuries. There were opportunities to tour the Silk Museum and Heritage Centre at Macclesfield, which was one of the main centres for silk production in Britain in the late nineteenth century.

Next year's seminar will be held closer to home - at Gregynog Hall near Newtown, on 21 - 23 October 2011. You can find out more about the British Quilt Study Group here.