Pandemic textile art on display at Dewsbury Minster

Dewsbury Minister is pleased to be hosting ‘Threads of Survival’, a collection of quilts and textile art from across England reflecting pandemic life.

‘Threads of Survival’ continues a long tradition of documenting important historical events in quilts and textiles by gathering together textile art from across the country.

The national quilt, the Denby Dale Quilt and the Kirklees quilt were all constructed in Huddersfield. 

The Denby Dale Quilt on show was made using patches designed and made by individuals in Denby Dale, the youngest being two years old at the time. 

The quilt features pets, Denby Dale Pies, Yorkshire humour and affection for the community and the staff of the NHS. 

The Kirklees quilt also on show was made using patches from church groups, community groups and individuals from Dewsbury, Huddersfield and Marsden. 

Both quilts brought together a diverse range of people – some experienced quilters and some complete beginners. 

The project began in August 2020. 

The current collection of 24 quilts has been created by over 140 makers around the country.

The Revd Simon Cash, Team Rector of the Dewsbury Team parish, said: “We are delighted to welcome and host the Threads of Survival Quilt exhibition at the Minster. 

“The quilts were produced at the height of the COVID pandemic and express the feelings of those who have lived and worked through it, particularly those involved with the NHS. 

“Hopefully it will become a lasting reminder of what people endured and act as a memorial for those who died as a result of contracting the virus.”

The exhibition is at Dewsbury Minster until Saturday, July 23, and is open Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm.

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