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The annual seminar is an important part of BQSG. Each year we choose a location where we can also visit a site or museum with interesting textiles or patchwork in the local area. Now extended to a weekend the seminar brings together serious researchers as well as those who are interested in hearing about quilts, textiles and quilt history without wanting to carry out personal research.

In addition to papers selected for presentation (see Research) there are often visits, talks and the opportunity to look at quilts brought by individual members. There are books for sale (and the occasional quilt) as well as time to talk with new and old friends about quilts, conservation, social history and quilt collections. 



The British Quilt Study Group invites submissions for original, previously unpublished research covering quilt or related textile study for the 2020 Seminar and inclusion in the journal Quilt Studies.

Contributions can be on any aspect of quilt and textile-related study, both historical and contemporary. Contributions from new researchers are especially welcome.

Papers can be any length up to a maximum of 6000 words for a full paper or 2500 words for shorter papers. These word counts exclude endnotes and appendices.

In the first instance, please submit an abstract of approximately 500 words, outlining your area of research indicating primary and secondary sources and the proposed length of your paper. Send your abstract to the Administrator for the Research Panel at by 30 November 2019.

Selected papers will be presented at the BQSG seminar to be held in October 2020. Papers presented at the annual seminar are normally published in the well-respected BQSG journal Quilt Studies. Further details can be found on the BQSG website

If you are interested in submitting an abstract, but wish to discuss this further please contact the Research Panel for further help and advice together with a copy of the submission guidelines at

June 2019