War Time Quilts: Quilts from Military Fabrics

This exhibition looks at the production of quilts during war-time, and shows how men turned to quilting as a past-time in the midst of the extreme conditions of war.

Quilting is most often considered the domain of women. This exhibition casts a different spin on the production of quilts during war-time, and shows how men turned to quilting as a past-time in the midst of the extreme conditions of war.

Made by active soldiers and prisoners of war, the quilts are constructed using rugged and difficult textiles such as thick felt, heavy woollen serge or worsted twill; all scoured from disused uniforms, army blankets and other discarded military fabrics.

The exhibition includes quilts dating from the Napoleonic Wars (1803-15), the Crimean War (1853-56) and World War I and World War II.

Although the exhibition presents a solemn and poignant collection of the quilts made in conflicts over the past 200 years, the colours and patterns in the quilts are quite extraordinary and sure to be an inspiration for the exhibition visitor.

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated, 228-page publication Wartime Quilts: Appliqués and Geometric Masterpieces from Military Fabrics, available from the Gallery shop.

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18 March to 25 June: 10am to 5pm daily

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By donation
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