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.

Research suggests that sewing, knitting and general creativity can have a huge impact on helping us to shift focus away ...
31/03/2020

Research suggests that sewing, knitting and general creativity can have a huge impact on helping us to shift focus away from negativity and worrying thoughts, helping us to combat anxiety. With so many people staying at home, feeling isolated or anxious we are encouraging people to try their hand at one of our kits, relaunched, repackaged (in environmentally friendly and reusable bags) Or treat a friend or loved one to a well being package delivered straight to their door!
Free postage on all orders over £10, please select the free shipping option at the checkout.
Buying lovely things from us directly supports our charitable work, thank you
Your purchase will help us to preserve and exhibit one of the world’s largest community embroideries and share its stories, history and stitches for all to enjoy.

26/03/2020

Unfortunately, due to the continuing development of the Coronavirus situation, The Quaker Tapestry Museum is closed until further notice. The health and wellbeing of both our visitors and our staff is our priority.

Whilst the Museum is closed we will be working on ways to share the stories behind the stitches via our social media and website. If there's something in particular you would like to see then please let us know.

We thank you for your patience and your continued support for The Quaker Tapestry Museum during this public health crisis.

We will update you with a reopening date as soon as we have one, for now, please stay safe and help protect the vulnerable.

Our staff will continue to keep a presence in the office for online orders and general enquiries. You can contact us by email: [email protected] or by phone: 01539 722975

Did you know that singing two versus of Happy Birthday is also the exact amount of time it takes to thoroughly wash your...
20/03/2020

Did you know that singing two versus of Happy Birthday is also the exact amount of time it takes to thoroughly wash your hands? We’ve been singing it for weeks now to keep our museum and workplace germ free. Yesterday we got to sing it for a staff members birthday! A little light goes a long way 🕯🥳
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#washyourhands #happybirthday #singing #lifegoeson #celebration #quakertapestry #museumteam #smallmuseum #littlethings #vegan #muffins #inthistogether

During the current Coronavirus crisis things are tough for all businesses, but particularly small independents and chari...
18/03/2020

During the current Coronavirus crisis things are tough for all businesses, but particularly small independents and charities who may not bounce back if people don’t use them at this difficult time.

As well as the worries about the impact of the coronavirus on their health that we all have, small businesses and their staff will be worried about their livelihoods. If you can, please keep spending. Not just with the local shops, but also with the museums, pubs and cafes. Helping our communities to be as vibrant and supportive as they are.

Here’s some ways to help-
- Buy a voucher, if you don’t want to (or can’t) go out at the moment. It’ll give you something to look forward to.
- Many pubs and cafes have adapted to provide door step delivery and take out
- Businesses are still selling goods over the phone/online for home delivery.
- Book on to a future dated activity or meal. It’ll give you something to look forward to.
- Show your support by liking/following businesses on social media and recommending to your friends

Let’s come through this with healthy residents, businesses and communities

To mark International Womens Day read about one of the many remarkable women featured in the Quaker Tapestry, Kathleen L...
08/03/2020
Kathleen Lonsdale - Quaker Tapestry

To mark International Womens Day read about one of the many remarkable women featured in the Quaker Tapestry, Kathleen Lonsdale. Kathleen was one of the first two women to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1945, served as President of the British Association and was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1956.The son of Kathleen Lonsdale said that the embroidered portrait of his mother in the Quaker Tapestry was the best picture he had of her. Another personal friend exclaimed, “That’s exactly her hair. She never could do anything with it!” Read more about Kathleen in our blog post and see the Scientists panel for yourself here in our museum at Kendal, Lake District.

https://www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk/museum/kathleen-lonsdale/

Kathleen was one of the first women to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1956.

We are out of hibernation for the winter season and our doors are open 10am-4pm. Come and escape the wind and hail and l...
02/03/2020

We are out of hibernation for the winter season and our doors are open 10am-4pm. Come and escape the wind and hail and learn about some of the fascinating stories from Quaker history
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#museum #quakertapestry #visitkendal #lakedistrict #indoors #georgefox #elizabethfry #maryhughes #margaretfell #quakers #socialhistory #1652country #museumsofbritain #museumsofinstagram #hiddengem #visitengland

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

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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

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

Unfortunately, due to the continuing development of the Coronavirus situation, The Quaker Tapestry Museum is closed until further notice. The health and wellbeing of both our visitors and our staff is our priority. We will update this page with a reopening date as soon as we have one, for now, please stay safe and help protect the vulnerable. Our staff will continue to keep a presence in the office for online orders and general enquiries.

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