Weaving Narratives Exhibitions
(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
17th and 18th September – Luton
This will be accompanied by a short
introduction to the project at 11am on 17th
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
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
More information about Heritage Open Days can
be found online at
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