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Weaving Narratives Exhibitions

ridgmont girls' knitting party, 1940

(Ridgmont Girls' Knitting Party, 1940 - Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service)

 

Textile artists interpret scenes and stories from historical Bedfordshire as part of art project.

 

Throughout 2016 The Bedfordshire Archives and Records Service has been running Weaving Narratives, an exciting community art project in which local textile artists were given special access to the collections at Bedfordshire Archives and were invited to create pieces inspired by their wide range of historic sources.

 

Participants have created an extraordinary range of artistic pieces that demonstrate a variety of textile techniques. The finished works illustrate many aspects of the history of Bedfordshire including the granting of Royal Charter to Bedford in 1166; prisoners in Bedford Gaol; conditions in the Ampthill workhouse; the industrial heritage of Luton; hat manufacture in Dunstable; and Leighton Buzzard market.

 

The Weaving Narratives Exhibitions will be visiting three locations across Bedfordshire in the coming months -

 

8th September to 10th September – Borough Hall, Bedford

Optional tours of the archive service are available on the 8th and 10th September as part of the 2016 Heritage Open Days festival, tours will run half-hourly between 10am and 12pm, and 2pm and 4pm and will last around 50 minutes.

 

17th and 18th September – Luton Central Library

This will be accompanied by a short introduction to the project at 11am on 17th September.

 

13th October to 15th October – Flitwick Central Library

This will be accompanied by a talk on home life in the archives on Thursday 13th October at 2.30pm

 

Members of Aragon Lace Makers will be running demonstrations at all three of the exhibitions.

 

All exhibitions are free of charge.

 

For further information please contact Rachel Bates, archivist on 01234 276541, email rachel.bates@bedford.gov.uk

 

More information about Heritage Open Days can be found online at

https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/

www.bedford.gov.uk/archiveevents and via our Facebook page  

 

 

 

 

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