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Seminar 2018


2018 saw the 20th anniversary of the first meeting of BQSG and our 20th Anniversary Seminar was held at The Copthorne Hotel, Cardiff with the Friday study sessions at the nearby St Fagans National Museum of History.

St Fagans is an open air museum with many historic buildings ranging from miners cottages, shops and a school to a complete working woollen mill, most of which have been painstakingly re-built from their original positions. There is also a brand new centre, Gweithdy, displaying the history of local crafts (including patchwork and quilting) as well as the galleries in the main building so there was a great deal to see and do either before or after the study sessions with Elen Phillips the curator. Elen had chosen a wide range from their quilt collection for us to see and as usual we could have spent much longer studying them!

Saturday morning saw a packed room at the Copthorne Hotel ready to hear the day’s speakers and the presentation of papers. Before the start and at lunchtime there was a chance to view and buy some of the many items brought in by members to sell on the popular stall run by Rachel.

The first speaker of the day was Dr Jane Moore from Cardiff University who was looking at ‘Needlework and the Romantic Poets’. Next was Joan Foster presenting her paper ‘Documenting the extent of competitive quilting taking place in the counties of Northumberland and Durham in the period 1870-1919’.

Starting off the afternoon was an interesting talk by Marc Lucas, curator, Woollen Industry Collections Engineer, the National Wool Museum of Wales. After this we split into five focus groups exploring different aspects of research and social history of Patchwork and Quilting, this was followed by a talk by the chair of the BQSG Research Panel with suggestions of possible future research topics for members to follow up. The afternoon concluded with a lively ‘Show and Tell’ session of members items.

Sunday started bright and early with Kate Smith’s paper ‘The 1918 Hartley Quilt - an investigation into the origins of a quilt’. Following this was Pauline Macaulay with her paper entitled ‘Once were Pioneers: The British Quilt Revival during the 1970’s’ and to end the Seminar was a Show and Tell of members items which had been made during the 1970’s.

Reports of the talks were published in the January issue of Culcita and papers will be published in Quilt Studies 20.

(Photos taken at St Fagans National Museum of History by kind permission of Elen Phillips, Curator)