The two Travelling Trunks are themed around Textile Traditions and Textile Treasures and can be borrowed for just £70 per trunk for Guild members/Affiliated Groups, and £100 per trunk for non-Guild members/groups.

For groups compiling their programmes for 2016-17 and beyond, they offer a fascinating and cost-effective way to add an historic dimension to their appreciation of quilting.

The Textile Treasures collection contains treasured objects from the 19th and 20th centuries that have been kept and preserved for some reason – whether through a family connection, for reasons of nostalgia or because the fabrics have been treasured in spite of the item being unfinished.

The Textile Traditions collection contains a range of objects that represent the wide variety and development of styles and types of patchwork and quilting from the 19th and 20th centuries. Explore examples of mosaic patchwork, wholecloth quilting from different geographical areas and typical late Victorian styles.

“The Travelling Trunks can be hired by groups for meetings or area days, and are a great way to find out more about the history of patchwork and quilting by accessing historic pieces from our handling collection.” said Curator Heather Audin.

The items in the suitcase all have labels and can be used in a ‘show and tell’ format, or arranged to form a small exhibition featuring hanging pieces and some smaller samples displayed flat on a table.

Booking the Travelling Trunks

To make a booking for your group, please email the curator at A booking form and information sheet will be sent to you which must be returned to secure your booking. All bookings are subject to availability and allocated on a first come first served basis.

The Travelling Trunks have been made possible by a grant from Museum Development Yorkshire who supports museums across Yorkshire to manage their resources, look after their collections and provide services to their audiences in ways that meet or exceed recognised standards within the museum sector.