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BQSG Seminar 2014 - Worthing

This event runs from 10:06am on the 10th October 2014, to 10:06am on the 12th October 2014 and will take place at Worthing. It is a Guild event being organised by Susan Levett, .



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The response to the theme of aspects of quilting practices in the twentieth century has been brilliant and papers are in preparation covering an eclectic range of research relating to quilters and quilting in this country and abroad. 

We will also have presentations from Sara Impey, and from Dr Bernice Archer and Alan Jeffreys.  Dr Archer researched internment patchwork and stitching for her doctorate and Alan Jeffreys is a curator at the Imperial War Museum.  Their presentation will be on women’s embroidery of internment – truly ‘subversive stitch(ing)’!

There will be the opportunity during the seminar for some ’10 minute slots’ if you have a quilt to show.  Please let me know if you would, so we can organise the time.

Our study day on Friday 10 October will be at Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, an impressive Art Nouveau building of 1908, funded by donations from the first Mayor of Worthing and Andrew Carnegie, the American philanthropist.  The costume and textiles collection is one of the largest in the country, with around 30,000 objects.  The two study workshop sessions, (morning and afternoon), will be held in the Education Room.  This is a large light room with plenty of space for quilts and other textiles to be displayed as well as there being space for everyone to ‘get up close and personal’, make notes, etc.  Among the collection are two quilts which belonged to Ray Marshall, one he acquired and one he made.  The Guild also has a Marshall quilt (see Guild website and it is also illustrated in Heather Audin’s ‘Patchwork and Quilting in Britain’, page 12).  The collection has many wonderful textiles, and we shall have a varied selection for our study day workshops.  We are fortunate that the curator, Gerry Connolly, has a strong textile background and will be facilitating the workshops.

This year the seminar will be residential.  We shall be staying at the Chatsworth Hotel, Steyne, Worthing, adjacent to the promenade, Marine Parade, and facing Steyne Gardens.  The Chatsworth is about 4 or 5 minutes’ walk from the Museum and about 10 minutes’ walk from Worthing Central rail station.  There are also taxis, and a bus service to Marine Parade, available from the station. 

All the rooms are ensuite, have Wi-Fi internet access, Freeview TV, tea/coffee tray, and there are three accessible rooms.  The Chatsworth website,, includes an accessibility statement which gives details of the accessible rooms.  The hotel is Grade II listed with an impressive Georgian frontage stretching along much of the Steyne. 

The seminar will be held in the ground-floor Georgian Room, which faces Steyne Gardens and we also have the adjoining Bramber Room as a seminar office/meeting room.  There is a loop system, microphone and PA system.

The Worthing area has many attractions and the Visit Worthing website ( is very informative.  There is even an arts and crafts fair at the Pavilion Theatre in Marine Parade on Sunday 12 October, should you wish to do some pre-Christmas shopping/sample local wares after the seminar!

May I encourage you to book early please as I have to make monthly returns of the bookings to the hotel.  I will send out a map of Worthing showing the location of the station, Museum and the Chatsworth on receipt of your booking.  Please note that the closing date for receipt of bookings is Friday 26 September.  If you would like any other information please email me at

Your Committee looks forward to welcoming you to the Worthing for this year’s seminar which promises to be another stimulating, interesting and engaging event – and of course the chance to catch up with all your many BQSG chums.

Susan Levett

Seminar Organiser