The Quaker Tapestry Museum and Exhibition
Friends Meeting House
Unique Tapestry, featuring 77 panels
Museum of artefacts and objects connected to tapestry
Online Gift Shop
Possibly one of the most unique exhibitions in the North of England, the Quaker Tapestry Museum and Exhibition is centred around a tapestry consisting of 77 embroidery panels illustrating the history of The Quaker movement from the 17th century to the present day. An informative audio guide which narrates the stories is available.
The 77 panels of the Tapestry cover the birth of the Quaker Movement, the industrial revolution, developments in science and medicine, astronomy, the abolition of slavery, social reform, and ecology
In addition to the tapestry, the museum offers an insight into the history of the Quaker movement by way of an extensive collection of associated artefacts alongside the panels of embroidery. Around 500 articles of clothing, embroidery and other domestic items have been gifted to the museum by a wide range of donors, both Quaker and non-Quaker, from Cumbria and further afield.
Items include 18th and 19th century clothing and objects, embroidery and other domestic items, each with its own fascinating story to tell.
The history of the Quaker Tapestry is absorbing in itself. 15 years in the making, it started after Sunday School teacher Anne Wynn-Wilson had an idea whilst washing up. Anne had been telling a Sunday School class about George Fox, founder of the Quakers in the 17th Century, and suggested that the children make some pictures for the walls.
One of the children was not over enamoured with the idea of doing more colouring in, and when thinking about the lad's comments later whilst washing the pots, Anne remembered the Bayeux Tapestry, and, being an embroiderer, came up with the idea of telling the story of the Quakers through a tapestry.
Completing the work has not been a one woman affair though. 15 years and 4,000 volunteers from around the world have contributed to this amazing piece of artwork. The original plan was for just 50 panels, but such was the enthusiasm and creativity of the volunteers who created them that 77 were eventually completed by 1996.