Talking Quilts comes to Region 11

Jennifer Campbell-Kirk with her first quilt Americana Expanding Star

Talking Quilts, the national oral history project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is coming to Region 11 (Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands). The Project that is recording, preserving and sharing the stories of today’s quilters, will be working with volunteers in the Region from February to May 2016. Talking Quilts Project Manager, Vicky Martin, is looking for people who would like to get involved.

“We know that many quilters have a special quilt that tells a story, it may remind them of a particular event, time period, place or person, it might be the first or only quilt they made, or one where they tried something new.” Vicky says, “Talking Quilts is all about using that object to start a conversation, bringing it to life and then sharing that story. We are urgently looking for more people to come forward to record these stories in the West Midlands counties.”

Talking Quilts will be heading to Region 9 (Cambridgeshire and Norfolk) during the summer 2016, the final Region of this three year oral history Project.

If you would like to take part as an interviewer or interviewee in Region 11 or 9 then please get in touch with Vicky by email or telephone 07980 260165.  Full training, including a comprehensive Talking Quilts handbook and loan of recording equipment, is provided. You do not need to be a member of The Quilters’ Guild or have any previous experience of oral history to be involved, just an enthusiasm for hearing quilters’ stories.

We are also looking for more volunteers who would be able to transcribe the recorded interviews. Transcribers need to have basic IT skills, including word processing, but full guidance and support is provided.

Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy, using money raised through the National Lottery. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 35,000 projects with more than £5.5bn across the UK.