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WEAVING NARRATIVES

 

This March, Bedfordshire Archives will be launching ‘Weaving Narratives’ - a project which will encourage people across Bedfordshire to visit the archives as inspiration to create textile works celebrating the history of our county’s boroughs and towns in this landmark year.

 

Anyone interested can take part. Participants will be offered an introduction to the archives service, and the chance to take part in three workshops. Assisted by archive professionals, they will be given special access to original archive materials representing hundreds of years of Bedfordshire’s history. They will be encouraged to use these to follow threads of research linking themes of community, identity and growth. The form and nature of each textile work will be entirely up to the participants, and works can be created by groups of participants if desired.

 

The project will culminate in the autumn with a series of exhibitions of the textile works produced, to be held at venues in Bedford, Luton and Central Bedfordshire. The themes of community, identity and growth will also be reflected in three small exhibitions at the Archives during 2016: Luton Borough, 140 Years from 14th April; Royal Towns of Central Bedfordshire from 7th July; and Bedford Borough, 850 Years from 5th October. Each of these will be accompanied by a free talk from one of Bedfordshire Archives’ expert staff.

 

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Textiles themselves have played their own important role in Bedfordshire’s economic and social history, so it is fitting that this project will use all that the archives service has to offer, in order to produce unique works.”

 

The workshops will be held at the Bedfordshire Archives, Riverside Building, Borough Hall, Bedford on Saturdays 5th  March, 2nd April and 11th June, from 10am - 12pm. Anyone wishing to take part should book a place either by emailing archive@bedford.gov.uk or telephoning 01234 228833.

 

Places are limited and will be first come, first served. No charge will be made for the workshops, but participants will need to provide their own craft materials.

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