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 email@example.com 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