Museum Awards Announced
The Textile Society is delighted to announce that it has given grants to the following three organisations as part of this year’s Museum, Archive and Conservation Award:
The Peace Museum, Bradford
Marx Memorial Library in partnership with Islington Museum, London
The American Museum in Britain, Bath
A strong theme of text in textiles and internationalism has been demonstrated by this year’s winning projects which will serve to create potent and powerful messages of war and peace, and provide important insights into social history.
The Peace Museum has been awarded a grant towards its forthcoming exhibition ‘Challenging the Fabric of Society’. This textile exhibition will showcase handmade banners, quilts and rugs from their extensive collection which have a socio-political purpose, mainly to protest for peace.
The Marx Memorial Library with Islington Museum has been awarded a grant for their project ‘Banner Art for the Spanish Republic’. This is a collaborative conservation, exhibition and education project marking eighty years since the Spanish Civil War 1936 – 1939. The Textile Society’s grant will support the conservation of six unique and visually stunning campaign banners from the Marx
Memorial Library that will be displayed to the public at Islington Museum for the first time. The six banners which date from 1936 – 38, were produced by the Hammersmith Communist Party in support of the International Brigades and Aid Spain movement - a grass roots campaign in support of the Spanish Republic . Across Britain funds were raised for medical aid, for food ships, and in support of refugees from Spain in the fight against fascism.
The third grant has been awarded to The American Museum in Britain for the ‘A Stitch in Time’ project and appeal. Funds will be used for the conservation and display of three fine examples of 19th century American needlework samplers, out of a total of nine, in urgent need of attention. The project will allow scholars based in the UK to compare them directly to English samplers first hand and see the influence of English designs in America - as some of the samplers were stitched under tutelage of English teachers at private schools in America. The project will provide scholars, textile enthusiasts and the public with a rare opportunity to learn about the women who stitched them and the lives they lived, and the online catalogue aspect of the wider project will allow greater access to these ever popular objects.