Quaker Tapestry

Quaker Tapestry Quaker Tapestry Museum is in Kendal and is permanent home to the famous Quaker Tapestry.
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The 77 vibrant embroidered panels were made by 4,000 men, women and children from 15 countries between 1981 and 1996, making Quaker Tapestry one of the worlds largest international embroideries. Journey through the Quaker influence on the modern world: explore the industrial revolution, developments in science and medicine, astronomy, the abolition of slavery, social reform, and ecology; and delight in the detail of the stunning needlework and the craftsmanship involved in its creation. Quaker Tapestry Museum is in Kendal town centre, close to the bus and rail station and has a small car park for visitors travelling by car.

Delicious Christmas lunch provided by The Garden Cafe for our staff and volunteers. We rolled back to the office feeling...
12/12/2019

Delicious Christmas lunch provided by The Garden Cafe for our staff and volunteers. We rolled back to the office feeling full and festive! Our cafe is open Tues-Fri 10am-4pm for light bites, lunches, cakes and hot drinks, eat in or takeaway #gardencafe #plantbased #zerowaste #christmasdinner #thankyou #biglunch #quakertapestry #visitkendal #vegan #lakedistrict

The Courtyard Flat is available for a pre Christmas break in the picturesque Lakeland market town of Kendal. The streets...
11/12/2019

The Courtyard Flat is available for a pre Christmas break in the picturesque Lakeland market town of Kendal. The streets and square are decorated for the festive season and we have shops a plenty for you to buy unique handmade gifts as well as some high street favourites. Booking a stay in our flat helps support our charitable work. Available to book this weekend and next weekend through Airbnb (3 nights minimum stay)
https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/32001235?location=Kendal&adults=3&guests=1&s=lROvwQJI&source_impression_id=p3_1576082402_VPG9pldKDocJCgVc

06/12/2019

Some people think that to work here we must all be Quakers, but we're not. Some are, some aren't, just like in any workplace we have a diverse mix. The same goes for our volunteers....

Do you have an afternoon or a morning a week which you would like to put to good use helping a local charity? We are looking for Museum Stewards welcome museum visitors, process admissions and shop sales and ensure our visitors experience is memorable.

Volunteering at the Quaker Tapestry Museum is a very rewarding experience where you can gain new knowledge, learn new skills, meet new people, have fun, take on a challenge and share the fascinating stories within the Quaker Tapestry.

Volunteers are needed for one half day session per week. Sessions are 9.45am - 1pm or 1pm - 5pm

Please contact Vanessa Eaves, for more information.

Ever wanted to do more things that are on your doorstep? We are offering FREE entry for visitors with an LA postcode, wh...
04/11/2019

Ever wanted to do more things that are on your doorstep? We are offering FREE entry for visitors with an LA postcode, who mention this post and bring along proof of address. FREE entry for yourself and a friend. This offer is on until 28th November 🙂

04/11/2019

Volunteering at the Quaker Tapestry Museum is a very rewarding experience where you can gain new knowledge, learn new skills, meet new people, have fun, take on a challenge and share the fascinating stories within the Quaker Tapestry.

Museum Stewards welcome museum visitors, process admissions and shop sales and ensure our visitors experience is memorable.

Volunteers are required for one half day session per week. Sessions are 9.45am - 1pm or 1pm - 5pm

Please contact Izzy Thorne, Volunteer Coordinator, for more information.

”Seeing this item evoked fond memories of the sewing boxes that I’ve encountered throughout my lifetime. My granny had m...
29/10/2019

”Seeing this item evoked fond memories of the sewing boxes that I’ve encountered throughout my lifetime. My granny had many sewing boxes and tins, crammed with all sorts of wonderful things; buttons snipped from outgrown/worn out blouses; lace collars which were reused across my own ‘fancy’ dresses and those of my cousins and different threads for repairing nylons and darning socks (when we used to repair rather than reach for new)”

Read more about one of our archive items in our blog https://www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk/museum/see-inside-the-boxes-workbox/

Stories engage us at every level, our emotions, values and imagination. Imagine having George Fox, Mary Hughes or Kathle...
28/10/2019

Stories engage us at every level, our emotions, values and imagination.

Imagine having George Fox, Mary Hughes or Kathleen Lonsdale telling you their story, guiding you through the tapestry. Or the words of one of the 4,000 embroiderers, revealing some of the secrets behind their intricate work.
Their stories are so vivid and captivating, it’s as if you are actually in the scene itself.

We are interpreting more stories from the tapestry for our handheld audio guides, translating them into different languages but we need to raise £10,000 for this work.

Listening to the audio guide stories helps:
- visitors with a visual impairment to ‘see’ the stories;
- visitors to hear the stories in their own language;
- raise awareness and develop understanding of social history;
- discussion about Quakers influence on the modern world;

You can help us by completing our downloadable form or contact us and we can pop one in the post to you. Thank you

https://www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk/museum/annual-appeal-sharing-the-stories-behind-the-stitches/

30/09/2019

Volunteering at the Quaker Tapestry Museum is a very rewarding experience where you can meet new people, have fun, gain new knowledge, learn new skills, take on a challenge and share the fascinating stories within the Quaker Tapestry.

Exhibition Stewards welcome museum visitors, process admissions and shop sales and ensure our visitors experience is memorable.

Volunteers are required for one half day session per week. Sessions are 9.45am - 1pm or 1pm - 5pm

Please contact Izzy Thorne, Volunteer Coordinator, for more information.

See embroidery happening right before your eyes today here @quakertapestry Our volunteer embroiderer is hard at work on ...
30/09/2019

See embroidery happening right before your eyes today here @quakertapestry Our volunteer embroiderer is hard at work on the #duneraboys panel for the Australian Quaker Tapestry. Just look at those luggage handles!! #embroidery #visitkendal #museumsofengland #quakertapestrymuseum

Craftivism (Craft + Activism) Join our museum volunteers today and tomorrow in the gentle art of protest. Drop in for ju...
20/09/2019

Craftivism (Craft + Activism) Join our museum volunteers today and tomorrow in the gentle art of protest. Drop in for just 20minutes between 10am-12noon. All materials are provided, no craft experience required just an open mind, it’s free and fun! #gentleprotest #craftivists #craftivism #howtobeacraftivist #heritageopendays #daretodream #changemakers #visitkendal #quakertapestrymuseum #lakedistrict

#quakertapestrymuseum #newsletter #hearallaboutit #museumsofengland #visitkendal #lakedistrict
17/09/2019

#quakertapestrymuseum #newsletter #hearallaboutit #museumsofengland #visitkendal #lakedistrict

28/08/2019

Volunteering at the Quaker Tapestry Museum is a very rewarding experience where you can meet new people, have fun, gain new knowledge, learn new skills, take on a challenge and share the fascinating stories within the Quaker Tapestry.

Exhibition Stewards welcome museum visitors, process admissions and shop sales and ensure our visitors experience is memorable.

Volunteers are required for one half day session per week. Sessions are 9.45am - 1pm or 1pm - 5pm

Please contact Izzy Thorne, Volunteer Coordinator, for more information.

Alongside the panels of embroidery, our collection of about 600 artefacts help to bring the social history to life. In t...
16/08/2019
See Inside the Boxes...Paper Mouse House - Quaker Tapestry

Alongside the panels of embroidery, our collection of about 600 artefacts help to bring the social history to life. In this series of blogs we will reveal what is inside some of the object storage boxes.

We need your help to…
– Create an improved database of the extensive Quaker Tapestry collection of supplementary items
– Develop best practice of the Care and Conservation Group volunteers through further training

Your donation will help us achieve our goals and ensure the longevity of the exhibition and collection. Please consider making a donation today

The tissue paper is finely cut so that when carefully lifted up using a thread from the centre it reveals a drawing of mice beneath.

16/08/2019
Storm Desmond Kendal Community Flood Tapestry

The Kendal Flood Tapestry is on display every day (except Sundays) 10am-4.30pm until Friday 23rd August. Please visit this extraordinary art work before it goes on tour. This is a FREE display in the Friends Meeting Room

In 2015, Kendal was hit by Storm Desmond, leaving the town flooded – and devastated. At Quaker Tapestry Museum, we decided to form The Flood Tapestry Project...

As Kendal’s Quaker Tapestry Museum celebrates its 25th anniversary manager Bridget Guest, who has been involved right fr...
16/08/2019
Come and visit Kendal's 'Hidden Gem' - Quaker Tapestry

As Kendal’s Quaker Tapestry Museum celebrates its 25th anniversary manager Bridget Guest, who has been involved right from the start, urges locals to pay a visit or to get involved with a gem of a museum that’s right on their doorstep.

Since we opened our doors in April 1994, more than 350,000 people have been to see us. But the vast majority of those who come are from around the world and far outnumber locals.

We are Kendal’s smallest accredited museum – an Arts Council museum – and we are a VisitEngland Hidden Gem, which means we meet very high standards. That includes everything from our hello and service to our quality exhibits.

An adult admission costs just £7.50 and can be used as many times as you like within 12 months. It’s a small price to pay yet it makes a massive difference to us as a charity, helping to meet our running costs.

As Kendal’s Quaker Tapestry Museum celebrates its' 25th year, we urge locals to pay us a visit or to get involved with a gem of a museum on their doorstep.

29/07/2019

Volunteering at the Quaker Tapestry Museum is a very rewarding experience where you can meet new people, have fun, gain new knowledge, learn new skills, take on a challenge and share the fascinating stories within the Quaker Tapestry.

Exhibition Stewards welcome museum visitors, process admissions and shop sales and ensure our visitors experience is memorable.

Volunteers are required for one half day session per week. Sessions are 9.45am - 1pm or 1pm - 5pm

Please contact Izzy Thorne, Volunteer Coordinator, for more information.

Introducing the brand-new The Garden Cafe & Take Away (please follow their page) Tucked away from the hustle and bustle ...
26/07/2019

Introducing the brand-new The Garden Cafe & Take Away (please follow their page) Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Kendal, our new plant-based cafe will be serving delicious treats Tuesday-Friday!

Nikki and Bryan, the cafe owners, have a passion for plant-based food and for sourcing local supplies – sourdough breads, coffee, and fresh fruit and veg, not forgetting delicious dairy-free ice cream!

Why not pop in today to try some of their wonderful food? It's the perfect place to enjoy a bite to eat during your visit to the museum!

Just like the Bayeux Tapestry, our very own Flood Tapestry brought members of the community together to record significa...
17/07/2019

Just like the Bayeux Tapestry, our very own Flood Tapestry brought members of the community together to record significant events that have shaped us – in textile form. It records the voices of those who were affected by the flood and celebrates the remarkable resilience of our community when faced with disaster.

Want to know more? Read more about the Flood Tapestry project in our latest blog post: https://www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk/learning/reflecting-on-the-flood-tapestry/

"In the centre of the panel we see a soup kitchen, with a woman distributing turnips. The Dublin committee was the first...
12/07/2019

"In the centre of the panel we see a soup kitchen, with a woman distributing turnips. The Dublin committee was the first to establish soup kitchens at 1penny a quart, 3 halfpence with bread and arrangements for those who couldn’t afford even that."

Read from our blog to discover why General Manager, Bridget Guest, has chosen Ireland: The Great Hunger as one of her favourite panels to celebrate the #QuakerTapestry 25th anniversary! https://www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk/museum/bridgets-favourite-panels-ireland/

Did you know – our Flood Tapestry was made by members of the community from ages 7 to 70 years old? Through drawing, wri...
09/07/2019

Did you know – our Flood Tapestry was made by members of the community from ages 7 to 70 years old? Through drawing, writing, silk painting, needle felting and embroidery stitching, the tapestry was created. It records the voices of those who were affected by Storm Desmond and celebrates the remarkable resilience of our community when faced with disaster.

The Kendal Flood Tapestry is now on view at the Quaker Meeting House every Thursday and Saturday 10am to 5pm until the 24th of August.

Among the many remarkable women who feature on the Quaker Tapestry, is Margaret Fell. Because of her 1666 writing, "Wome...
05/07/2019

Among the many remarkable women who feature on the Quaker Tapestry, is Margaret Fell.

Because of her 1666 writing, "Womens Speaking Justified", Margaret has been considered by many to be a feminist pioneer. This short pamphlet, written whilst Margaret was imprisoned, highlights several arguments in favour of women’s preaching and sets out the spiritual equality of the sexes.

Read more about Margaret Fell on our blog, and see the embroidered panels here at the museum.

https://www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk/museum/margaret-fell/

Fancy a short break in the Lakes?We have availability in our on site @airbnb accommodation next week for a minimum of 3 ...
04/07/2019

Fancy a short break in the Lakes?

We have availability in our on site @airbnb accommodation next week for a minimum of 3 nights Mon-Thur. Swipe left to see pictures of the flat. Link to book is on our website #visitkendal #lakedistrict #shortbreak #staycation #airbnb

The perfect excuse to work outside in this sunshine, photographing a sneak peek of some new additions to our range of Br...
28/06/2019

The perfect excuse to work outside in this sunshine, photographing a sneak peek of some new additions to our range of British Butterfly brooches. We’ve added the Clouded Yellow, Comma and also included our buzzing pollinators the White Tailed Bumblebee. Available now from our museum gift shop or by ringing our friendly office team. Available online next week 🐝 #museumshop #visitkendal #bees #butterflys #wearableart #britishinsects #pollinators #quakertapestry #museum

"This is a stunning image, the vibrant colours of the flames from the blast furnaces bring the panel to life." 2019 is a...
25/06/2019

"This is a stunning image, the vibrant colours of the flames from the blast furnaces bring the panel to life."

2019 is a special year at #QuakerTapestry, not just for the museum but for General Manager, Bridget Guest. To celebrate the museum's 25th anniversary, Bridget will be sharing her 25 favourite panels with us – head to the blog to find out why she loves this spectacular Coalbrookdale panel: https://www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk/museum/bridgets-favourite-panels-coalbrookdale/

Beautiful setting for today’s Lakeland Businesswomen’s Network meeting @newbybridgehotel Thank you for the Instagram ins...
20/06/2019

Beautiful setting for today’s Lakeland Businesswomen’s Network meeting @newbybridgehotel Thank you for the Instagram insight @meaningfulmarketingnorthwest and @lilcreativestudio Hope we’ve got our @‘s and #’s in the right places 😆 #lakelandbusinesswomensnetwork #cumbria #networking #womeninbusiness #alwayslearning #instagramformarketing

Our gardener recently spotted that a robin had made it’s nest inside a plant pot in our Peace Garden. The robin is a pop...
19/06/2019

Our gardener recently spotted that a robin had made it’s nest inside a plant pot in our Peace Garden. The robin is a popular sight both in the garden and in our shop.

Artist and QT General Manager, Bridget Guest says…
“The robin is the nations favourite garden bird – with its bright red breast it is familiar throughout the year. I found a photograph of this lively little robin, which captures the movement perfectly, that was my starting point. The branch was inspired by the wonderful tree on the final panel of the Quaker Tapestry – World Family of Friends”

Read more in our latest blog https://www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk/museum/robins-everywhere/

Today we bid a very fond farewell to Ruth and Amy of The Courtyard Cafe. For the last 3 years, Ruth and her team have se...
10/05/2019

Today we bid a very fond farewell to Ruth and Amy of The Courtyard Cafe. For the last 3 years, Ruth and her team have served countless coffees to the thirsty masses of Kendal, and beyond. However the time has come for new beginnings for Ruth and so the cafe will be closed for now. Please bear with us and watch this space for cafe updates.

Would you like to know more about the Quaker Tapestry embroidered panels? During our creative writing workshops, led by ...
10/05/2019
Writer-in-Residence - Quaker Tapestry

Would you like to know more about the Quaker Tapestry embroidered panels? During our creative writing workshops, led by tutor and writer-in-residence, Geraldine Green, you will delve into the stories and journeys behind the creation of these unique textile pieces.

Ulverston-based poet and creative writing tutor Geraldine Green is delighted that she is Writer-in-Residence here at the Quaker Tapestry Museum, Kendal.

Wonderful to see Stanton Drew WI in the press with their Centenary Tapestry. The finished piece will be revealed at a sp...
13/03/2019
Stanton Drew Women's Institute centenary celebrations

Wonderful to see Stanton Drew WI in the press with their Centenary Tapestry. The finished piece will be revealed at a special party in October this year. We know first hand how much work goes into the tapestries so they must be busy bees embroidering, alongside fundraising, to make it all possible. We can't wait to see the final piece 🙂

2019 marks the centenary of Stanton Drew WI, which was formed four years after the National Women’s Institute was created.

To celebrate International Womens Day we'd like to tell you more about one of the remarkable woman featured in the Quake...
08/03/2019
Margaret Fell - Quaker Tapestry

To celebrate International Womens Day we'd like to tell you more about one of the remarkable woman featured in the Quaker Tapestry embroidered panels is Margaret Fell. Margaret was a founder of the Religious Society of Friends and she is known popularly as the “mother of Quakerism”. Read more about Margaret and what made her so remarkable in our latest blog post.

Today is International Womens Day, so we thought we'd highlight one of the remarkable woman from our embroidered tapestry panels, Margaret Fell.

2019 is a special year for both our museum and Bridget Guest, General Manager. Bridget celebrates 25 years of working he...
06/03/2019
Bridget's Favourite Panels - Elizabeth Fry and the Patchwork Quilts - Quaker Tapestry

2019 is a special year for both our museum and Bridget Guest, General Manager. Bridget celebrates 25 years of working here, alongside that of 25 years of the Quaker Tapestry Museum! As a designer and embroidery tutor Bridget knows the panels and their stories well and will be sharing her 25 favourite panels with us, as her own unique celebration of the 25th anniversary of Quaker Tapestry Museum.

Elizabeth Fry, challenged the appalling conditions of our 19th century prisons. Each woman was to have a bag of useful things

Work with us! We’re looking for a part-time temporary Museum Assistant. Your role will be to ensure that every aspect of...
28/02/2019

Work with us! We’re looking for a part-time temporary Museum Assistant. Your role will be to ensure that every aspect of our visitor experience will delight our customers and exceed all expectations of their visit.
Find more details, full job description and application form on our website https://www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk/support-us/jobs-quaker-tapestry-museum/

Address

Quaker Tapestry Museum, Friends Meeting House, Stramongate
Kendal
LA9 4BH

Quaker Tapestry Museum is in Kendal town centre, close to the bus and rail station.

General information

Our on site cafe is currently undergoing a full refurbishment under new management. Watch this space!

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

01539722975

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