A community grant awarded by the Thomas Wolsey 550 project has enabled the Suffolk Windrush Celebration Committee to offer an innovative and creative new way for Ipswich people to contribute to an exhibition by learning how to make commemorative quilts.
Ipswich people are being invited to sign up for a ten-week quilt design and making course which started this month. The resulting quilts will then be used as part of a Windrush-themed exhibition staged in The Hold run by Suffolk Archives.
The Windrush Committee wants to ensure the legacy of Windrush is remembered and celebrated as part of Suffolk’s history and culture. Windrush’s original members arrived in the 1950s and worked in businesses and services in Ipswich such as Cranes and the NHS. The quilts will celebrate how those people and their families have contributed economically, socially, historically and spiritually to Suffolk. The finished quilts will be exhibited at a free summer exhibition at The Hold, which is run by Suffolk Archives.
The design of the quilts will be put together by a group of people who will take their inspiration from memories, artefacts and photographs. The group will be led and facilitated by Margaret Holder, a highly experienced artist, maker and teacher. She will be supported by Ivy Scott, the Windrush exhibition and research lead who is a primary teacher, historian, ESOL teacher, poet and writer.
As well as researching and making the quilts, the project will provide an opportunity for people to meet, socialise and share while learning about Windrush history. It will also promote mental and social well-being by providing a space and opportunity for people to meet. Organisers hope younger members of the community will also want to be involved – especially as they will be partnered with older members to provide a cross generational connection. Although the project will support the local African and Caribbean community to learn more about their history, organisers hope members of the wider community will also join also this creative and historical project. Everyone will be made very welcome so why not sign up today by calling 07880 541 177?