Quilters' Guild booksThe University of Bolton is now home to a magnificent specialist collection of books kindly donated by the Quilters’ Guild.

Librarian for the guild, Kate Smith, visited the University to see the new collection, which is now housed in the Peter Marsh Library.

Following the closure of the Quilters’ Guild Museum and Library last year, the organisation offered their extensive collection of 2,000 books to the University.

Said Sara Burgess, Head of Library: ‘This is a welcome addition to the Peter Marsh Library, a great resource for students and will be of interest to staff too. It is already proving popular. Members of the Quilters’ Guild will also be able to borrow the books from us here.

Textiles Design lecturers are extending the collaboration beyond the library. Said Programme Leader, Donna Claypool: ‘This semester we are incorporating the Quilters’ Guild collection into current modules. We have students working on a project which has arisen from a collaboration with Newmor Wallcoverings in Welshpool to design wallpapers and furnishing fabrics based on trends for 2017/18.

kate-smithThese trends include Kinship and Slow Futures which review elements of making, areas of which focus on quilt making and patchworks. As such the students will be using the collection for its rich visual references for pattern qualities.

‘Over the coming year we will be looking to make further use of the exceptional collection of books within exciting new projects which will unfold in the second semester. We are looking forward to involving the guild for talks and presentations about their archive collection, and invite them in for workshops in the early summer 2017.’

Pictured top: Christine Smith, Dave Crompton and Steve Crimes with Donna Claypool, centre, Kate Smith and Head of the School of the Arts, Sam Johnston.

Pictured above: Kate Smith, from the Quilters’ Guild.

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