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The Acton Quilt at Gunnersby Park

The Acton Top at Gunnersby


An exciting exhibition "Treasured Threads: Unpicking Gunnersbury’s Quilts" is to be held at Gunnersbury Park Museum, Popes Lane, London W5 4NH on 15 October 2019 – 12 January 2020.

This exhibition takes an in-depth look at one of Gunnersbury’s most remarkable items; a pieced and appliqued top created by a local Acton family in 1825. An outstanding piece of craftwork and significant to Britain’s history of quilting, the Acton Top features contemporary figures in Regency dress, Biblical scenes, animals and plants. Comparing the Acton Top with other historic quilts from the museum collection, the exhibition investigates how quilting developed from the late 1780s to the 1850s and explores associated technological and social changes.
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