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Tapestry goes on tour to show off best of South Cumbria

Published on: Wednesday 8th July 2015
Categorised under: Live, Play , Culture, Kendal

A "modern day Bayeux tapestry" from South Cumbria is going on a road trip to spread the message of what the region has to offer.

Sections of the famous Quaker Tapestry, which tells the story of various historical events, will travel from their permanent home in Kendal’s Friends Meeting House to Scotland and Northern Ireland this summer.

Past journeys have seen it appear in 160 destinations in the UK, Europe and America.

The task of taking the tapestry around the world earned manager Bridget Guest a Wainwright Achievement Award in 2002.

She said: “We go to great lengths to take the tapestry out. It means more people can see it and this brings visitors back to Kendal for a proper visit.

"We can tell this from comments made to staff and from remarks written in our visitor book. The roadshows are always wonderful PR for Kendal, a lively and interesting market town with lots to see and do.”

The roadshows to New Lanark Mills World Heritage Site, in August, and Lisburn Museum and the Irish Linen Centre in September are expected to attract more than 10,000 people.

Several staff and volunteers accompany the panels when they are on the road.

When in Ireland volunteers from Cumbria will be working alongside Irish Quakers and Museum staff to ensure that visitors get the most out of the event. It can take two years or more to plan for each roadshow.

Panels are carefully chosen for the roadshows from the collection of 77 which cover subjects as diverse as, chocolate making to astronomy. The stories tell of the industrial revolution, developments in science and medicine, social reform, and ecology.

Produced between 1981 and 1996, the embroideries are the work of 4,000 men, women and children from around the world.

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