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Wall hanging to record Kendal’s community flood stories – information session Mon 12 Dec, Kendal

bridget-guest-manager-of-the-quaker-tapestry-museumPEOPLE affected by last year’s December floods are invited to create a wall hanging to capture its impact on the community for current and future generations.
Anyone can get involved, not just those who can stitch and create, says Bridget Guest project champion.

“Maybe you were flooded? Or perhaps you helped others, put them up for the night or got involved in the aftermath” she said.

The curator of one of the world’s largest modern community embroideries, Bridget says hearing first-hand accounts of Storm Desmond will be key to shaping the textile as will any photographs showing how people coped during the floods.
And, she says, her experience of the Quaker Tapestry embroideries is that it brought people together and resulted in a captivating legacy.

As Bridget Guest explained:
“The idea of coming together to capture in textile form significant events that have shaped and will continue to shape us is not new – we only need to consider the Bayeux Tapestry.

“For prosperity it is important to record the voices of those who were affected by the flood and to celebrate the remarkable resilience of our community when faced with disaster.

“We hope there is enough interest to record this as a large-scale textile wall hanging.

“We would love to hear from anyone who would like to take part in workshops early next year which we will bring to groups, schools and community centres.

“Run by expert textile artist Donna Campbell, they will be very informal and fun. There will be lots of encouragement and help to enable everyone to contribute regardless of their crafting or artistic ability. It should be a hopeful, uplifting and rewarding experience.

“It would also be wonderful to hear from anyone who can help us record the stories and workshops for an accompanying audio guide and film” she added.

At the end of the project all the individual components will be brought together by Donna Campbell and a small band of volunteers to make one big wall hanging. Its home will be the Quaker Tapestry Museum in Kendal but, like the 77 embroideries already housed there, it will travel to other venues.

Anyone interested in finding out more is warmly invited to an information session on Monday 12th Dec, from 3pm until 6pm at the Quaker Tapestry Museum in the Friends Meeting House on Stramongate, Kendal. The session provides an opportunity to: meet the artist Donna Campbell, learn how individuals, schools, youth groups, churches, community organisations or other groups can get involved; have a look round the Quaker Tapestry which provides the inspiration for the project ( free of charge as part of this project).

Anyone who can’t attend the session and wanting to express interest in the project, or find out more can contact Bridget Guest by email at or by phoning 01539 722975.


Attached image shows: Bridget Guest from the Quaker Tapestry Museum who is inviting people to help create a wall hanging to record Kendal’s community flood stories.