Great Hall - Town and Country

Town and Country Quilts reveal clues to our social history.

Printed Cotton Hexagon Coverlet – late 18th and early 19th centuries

Studies of our quilting heritage have revealed that different levels of society make quilts that reflect their social status, fulfil their needs and utilise the materials that they have available to them.

The Town and Country exhibition will showcase and compare the rich, decorative and, often time consuming, creations of ladies of leisure, with the practical quilts made by the working population to fulfil the most basic needs of warmth and comfort in the home.

A star piece at the exhibition promises to be the Ridehalgh quilt (c. 1870s-­‐1900) that is currently undergoing conservation. Made from silks and velvets it comes from ‘Fell Foot’ in the Lake District. This grand house employed a large number of staff, and it was the female servants who made this piece as a present to the owners Colonel C.J.M. Ridehalgh and his wife from the remnants of ball gowns from the ladies of the house.

In sharp contrast is a quilt from Rash Grange Farm in North Yorkshire which is made from printed cottons. The quilt was owned by John Kilburn who used the quilt until 1995. When the owners' cousin discovered that the quilt was destined to be used to cover up an old tractor it was given a safe home at the Quilt Museum.

These quilts tells us a lot about the lifestyle of their owners and their position in society with clues in the complexity of the piecing, the choice of fabrics and evidence of wear and tear.

The Town and Country Exhibition is a great example of why it is so important that we establish and record the provenance of quilts as this information provides a glimpse into past lives, revealing social and cultural behaviours and attitudes.

Signature V, a fantastic display of recent work by zero3.

Bailey Gallery - Signature V by zero3

Textile Artists Jitterbug by Karen Farmer

This diverse group of textile artists gets its name from the year in which it was formed: 2003. Since then, the group has actively worked to promote modern textiles as a more widely accepted art form.

Members of zero3 come from many backgrounds, and each artist has come to express her own vision through the medium of fabric. Producing a wide variety of work that ranges from cutting edge and contemporary, through to work that finds its roots in classic stitch, these artists exhibit insight and understanding of modern textiles.

All work is carried out with the artist's own hand-­‐dyed fabrics. Some work is pieced whilst others are executed on whole cloth which may be layered. Most of the work is quilted or embroidered but one or two pieces concentrate on complex construction or multiple layers of printing to gain a dramatic effect. zero3 has taken the theme 'Signature' as an ongoing exhibition title. This enables each artist free range to express her own textile language, and this will be very evident when viewing this exhibition.

General information

The Museum closes during exhibition changeovers. Please check the website or phone 01904 613 242 to check on opening times. Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am–4pm, Admission charges apply. Winter Opening Hours: The Museum will close 1 December 2012 and re-­‐open 26 January 2013

Contact: Quilt Museum and Gallery St Anthony’s Hall, Peasholme Green York, England YO1 7PW Tel: 01904 613 242. Email: