North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions


17 May 2021 - 9 January 2022

This exhibition will celebrate the quilting traditions of northern England by showcasing historical and contemporary quilts that are among the finest examples of the craft acquired by the Museum in the last 20 years. 

North Country quilts have been made throughout the region for over 200 years, with characteristics including patterns being stitched through the layers, subtly creating softly sculptured surfaces.  

Contemporary textile artists now reference this tradition within their work, which will be reflected in the exhibition. 

Other examples will include a 19th century strippy quilt made by Hannah Hauxwell’s grandmother, wholecloth, pieced and chintz quilts as well as coverlets and much more. 

Curated by Joanna Hashagen, The Bowes Museum's Curator of Fashion and Textiles, and Dorothy Osler, Author and Exhibition Consultant, the exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue. 

 

Explore the North Country Quilts Virtual Tour below. 

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North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions Catalogue

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions Catalogue - £7.95

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions by Dorothy Osler accompanies The Bowes Museum’s 2021 exhibition of the same name. The 68-page, large format publication features each of the 26 quilts on show in double-page spreads. The full-page colour illustrations are accompanied by stories of where the quilts were made and who made them. International delivery available, please call 01833 690606 to purchase. Online orders may be cancelled if correct postage isn’t applied.

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North Country Quilts: Legend and Living Tradition Book

North Country Quilts: Legend and Living Tradition Book - £11.95

North Country Quilts: Legend And Living Tradition by Dorothy Osler accompanied the first 2000 exhibition of the same name. This 88 pages, full colour book has been reissued for the new, up and coming North Country Quilts exhibition at The Bowes Museum. International delivery available, please call 01833 690606 to purchase. Online orders may be cancelled if correct postage isn’t applied.

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Sanderson Star Cushion Pattern

Sanderson Star Cushion Pattern - £7.95

Elizabeth Sanderson designed her full-sized Star patchwork quilt as the master piece for her Apprentices. Once they had completed this Quilt they were considered able to take on their own pupils. The Sanderson Star Wholecloth Quilted Cushion has been especially designed for the North Country Quilts exhibition at The Bowes Museum. The quilting patterns have been taken from Quilts marked by Elizabeth Sanderson herself. The essence of the Quilt has been distilled from a 92 inch quilt into a 16 inch quilted cushion.

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The Bowes Museum is looking forward to welcoming you on the 17 May


Staff have been busy behind the Museum’s closed doors getting everything ready to welcome visitors back safely.

Café Bowes has undergone a refurbishment and has a new menu waiting to be sampled, the Museum has been deep cleaned, new signage is in place reminding you to adhere to social distancing, hand sanitisation stations have been refilled, the shop has been restocked and staff are being trained ready to greet you back in a safe and timely manner.

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions is now hanging in the main exhibition gallery ready to wow visitors through to January 2022 and, due to social distancing measures, entry to the display will be by a separate timed exhibition entrance ticket that needs to be booked, at no extra cost, before visiting. Song has also been reinstated in the Music Room so people can enjoy the sound of the instruments. A varied programme of activity is being planned throughout May and June which we hope you will participate in.

Entry to the Museum will be by timed slots and tickets will have to be pre-booked online here or by calling 01833 690606. The Museum will be open from 10.00 to 5.00 daily. Masks will need to be worn throughout the Museum, shop and café, except when eating or where exemptions apply.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!