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Study Days 2019

Exploring Research Study Day

This event takes place on 29th June 2019 from 10:30am to 4:00pm and will take place at St Anthony's Hall, Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PW.

It is a Guild event being organised by BQSG Isabel Dibden Wright,

Quilts can be fascinating items to study and if you have always wondered how to go about unlocking their secrets here is your chance to find out more. This is a full day workshop on how to begin quilt research. The sessions are suitable for beginners to quilt research and those wishing to gain new ideas on research techniques or who haven’t done research for a while.

On the day you will be able to learn about different approaches to studying historic and contemporary quilts and quiltmaking practice. There will be guidance on selecting a research topic, finding information, putting quilts into context and working with museums. There will also be a practical study session with the chance to examine quilts in detailfrom The Quilters’ Guild Collection, and learn how to “read” a quilt.

The study day will be led by Isabel Dibden Wright, previously Senior Lecturer in the School of Design at Manchester Metropolitan University, Bridget Long, Chair of the BQSG Research Panel and Heather Audin, curator of The Quilters’ Guild Collection.

Information on how to find The Quilters’ Guild, including a map and travel directions, can be found at

Please complete the booking form below. Spaces are limited, so early booking is advisable.

(Please note: There are no facilities for refreshments on site so please bring them with you. Due to space restrictions lunch must be taken off site, but there are many places to eat nearby).


How Do I Start? Where Do I Go Next?

BQSG Avanced Research Day

Saturday 7th Sept 2019: 10.30 – 16.00

John Woolman Room, Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London

This is a full day workshop on how to begin your quilt history research and then follow a research path. The session is suitable for those who wish to start on their chosen topic or have already embarked on research. It will include a discussion on how to uncover more about the topic you are interested in, establish your research question and consider where to go to discover extra information.

There will be a practical session on the use of online resources such as The British Newspaper Archive, London Lives, and genealogical databases and will include tips on recording, storing, organising, analysing and presenting data.

Advice on preparing abstracts for submission to a seminar and writing a research paper including referencing will be covered.  Each attendee will have time to talk about their own work using PowerPoint or from written notes and images and get support, advice and feedback from other attendees.

The study day will be led by Dr Bridget Long, Visiting Research Fellow in History, University of Hertfordshire and Chair of BQSG Research Panel and Anne Jeater, past Chair of BQSG

Information on how to find Friends House, including a map and travel directions, can be found at

Please complete the booking form below.  Spaces are limited, so please book early.

(Please note: Bring your own lunch or there is a café with sandwiches to buy on site)

Advanced Research Day Booking Form