Talking Quilts has featured in a number of key publications

The story so far

The three-year project is being led by volunteers. Quilters are trained to conduct oral history interviews using audio recording equipment, as well as to complete interview transcriptions. The interviews focus on a ‘touchstone object’ – a quilt or quilted object made by the interviewee – and explore the story behind it. The interview then broadens out to explore the quilter’s relationship with quiltmaking and the role quiltmaking plays in their life.

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Preserving our quilting heritage

In 2014, The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles embarked on an exciting three-year oral history project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. In the article, Talking Quilts Project Manager Vicky Martin tells us more about the fascinating project that aims to document, preserve and share the UK’s rich and diverse quilting heritage.

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It’s good to talk

Vicky Martin started working for The Quilters’ Guild as the Talking Quilts Project Manager in April 2014. TalkingQuilts is an oral history project to capture, preserve and share the stories of UK quilters. The project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and overseen by a Project Committee. The project is volunteer-led, as quilters are trained to conduct the interviews, use the audio recording equipment and transcribe interviews. Vicky tells us about her introduction to the world of quilting…

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North Yorkshire news update

From the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles, based in York, which has received a grant of £89,100 for a three year oral history project, ‘Talking Quilts: saving quilters’ stories’. This will be led by volunteers and aims to ‘document, preserve and share the UK’s rich and diverse quilting heritage and the stories of quilters.

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