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Exhibition: The Stories Behind the Stitches

The Museum of Cambridge opens a temporary exhibition, “The Stories Behind the Stitches”, exploring wellness, disability and self-expression through Cambridge textiles. “The Stories Behind the Stitches” is a temporary exhibition of needlework, quilts, and other textile objects which explore how the needle and thread has been paramount in Cambridge and Cambridgeshire community’s self-expression during times of War, throughout education, and times of celebration. The exhibit is now open and will be on display until Autumn 2024.

  • 27th March 2024 - 23rd September 2024

The exhibition highlights how textiles have been instrumental in self-expression throughout milestones in a person or communities’ life. Visitors will be taken on a journey which allows them to consider themes of education, family-life, disability, and celebration, and how these are expressed through textiles.

The exhibition features the Master’s Wives’ Quilt, a quilt lovingly sewn square-by-square by over 200 women and girls including 13 wives of Cambridge College Masters in 1892 as a wedding gift for a royal prince, a grandson of Queen Victoria. The needlework samplers on display are stitched by local Cambridge schools by girls as young as 11 years old, and there are several embroideries created by recovering out-of-action soldiers at the First Eastern General Hospital in World War I. This exhibit will allow the opportunity to see a beautiful selection of textiles amongst those mentioned which tell a plethora of local tales exploring education, disability, and celebrations.

Due to the nature of our 16th-century old building, the Museum of Cambridge is not wheelchair accessible. However, there will be a curator talk on this exhibit, “Textiles Therapy: Aiding mental health, mourning, disability, and injury” that will be held in our hireable space, which has level access, and there is an accessible bathroom on site. We are working on enhancing our accessibility, and we recognise that this is a core development priority. This talk allows the Museum to discuss disability within the collection and share these objects and research in an accessible space.  

The Museum holds a collection which stretches from the late 1600s through to the 20th century and this latest exhibition is part of the Museum’s ongoing efforts to celebrate the social history of Cambridgeshire.

“The Stories Behind the Stitches” is open and will be on display until Autumn 2024. The Museum is open Monday, Wednesday-Saturday 10AM-5PM and Sunday 11AM-4PM. Adult admission is £6, and Student/Jobseeker admission is £4.5 to support us, an independent Museum and charity. Entry to the exhibit is included in your entry ticket. Children 16 and under visit for free.

Find out more here: Exhibition: “The Stories Behind the Stitches” – The Museum of Cambridge

 

Accessibility

You can read about our accessibility information on our website here Accessibility – The Museum of Cambridge. If you’d like to chat through any accessibility requirements, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01223 355159 or email enquiries@museumofcambridge.org.uk. Event attendees with additional needs are welcome to bring a supporter or carer who will be admitted to the event free of charge.

Due to the nature of our 16th-century old building, the Museum of Cambridge is not wheelchair accessible. However, there will be a curator talk on this exhibit, “Textiles Therapy: Aiding mental health, mourning, disability, and injury” that will be held in our hireable space, which has level access, and there is an accessible bathroom on site. We are working on enhancing our accessibility, and we recognise that this is a core development priority. This talk allows the Museum to discuss disability within the collection and share these objects and research in an accessible space.   

Getting Here

We are in the centre of Cambridge. You’ll find us at the corner of Castle Street and Northampton Street. We are right beside Kettle’s Yard and only a 15-minute walk from King’s College.

You can park your bike at the bike parks on Bridge Street or on Northampton Street. There is a bus stop on Bridge Street. Check out the Stagecoach website to plan your journey to and from the Museum. Find out more about how to get here by train, bike, bus, car or on foot on our website.

Photography

Please note that photographs will be taken throughout this event, and images may be used in future marketing and reporting materials. If you do not wish your or your family’s photograph to be taken, please make sure to let us know.

Healthy Events

If you’re feeling unwell or have recently tested positive for Covid-19, please do not attend this event. We’ll be happy to offer you a refund if applicable, and welcome you at the Museum on another day.

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Did you know?

The imposing lamppost in the centre of Parker’s Piece bears the words Reality Checkpoint – believed to be a reference to the end of the university ‘bubble’ and the beginning of the real world, aka the rest of the city.