As part of our bicentenary commemorations and with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we have launched a community story quilt project inspired by the patchwork coverlet made by Jane, her mother and sister, on display in the Museum following recent conservation.
Throughout this special project, we will be working with a diverse range of community groups in the production of the quilt. Each individual quilt block will be designed and created by representatives from over forty community groups worldwide, including groups in North America, Australia and Brazil as well as closer to home in the village of Chawton. Each block will explore a different theme, which when combined, will form a patchwork of stories narrating Jane Austen's life.
We have recruited Brighton based quilt designer and freelance editor Elizabeth Betts as Quilt Designer and Facilitator, overseeing the final construction of sixty individually created quilt blocks.
Watch this space for updates on this very exciting project!