New home for famous Cumbrian tapestry

Kendal's famous Quaker Tapestry will have to move to a temporary new home because of weather damage to its premises.

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Full Report: New home for Cumbrian tapestry

Kendal's famous Quaker Tapestry is having to move out of its home while major repairs are carried out to the building that houses it.

Likened to the Bayeux Tapestry in France, it celebrates people and events across several centuries.

However, as Tim Backshall reports last year's wet weather proved to be too much for the building.

You can watch his full report below.

Quaker tapestry embroidery panels

'Innocent trades' panel Credit: Quaker Tapestry Exhibition

A selection of some of the 77 colourful tapestry panels, which celebrate life, people and events across the centuries.

The Quaker Tapestry panels were made by 4,000 people from 15 countries.

The award winning exhibition at the Quaker Meeting House in Kendal is open from April to December each year. For more information on the tapestry click here.

'Ecology' panel Credit: Quaker Tapestry Exhibition
'Scientists' panel Credit: Quaker Tapestry Exhibition
'Swarthmoor Hall' panel Credit: Quaker Tapestry Exhibition

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£25k repair works begin

Damaged window at Quaker meeting house Credit: ITV News Border

Repairs are being carried out to the grade two listed building after Cumbria experienced the second wettest year on record in 2012.

It was initially thought that the repairs would be minor, however after closer inspection it was clear there were serious issues regarding the state of the windows and ceilings.

New window beams being prepared Credit: ITV News Border
New beam about to be lifted into place Credit: ITV News Border

Tapestry will be moved to temporary base

The colourful tapestry, which celebrates life, people and events across the centuries, on 77 panels, will have to be moved to a temporary base.

It was made by 4,000 people from 15 different countries.

Staff, who rely entirely on ticket prices and items sold in the shop, are now trying to fundraise to meet the cost of the repair work.

"If we can find an empty town centre shop we can turn this disaster into something good by taking the panels to the people.

"A temporary central venue within the town will be handier for people to see the panels and we can also promote our real home.

"We will waive the usual entrance fee so people can come and enjoy the Tapestry for free."

– Bridget Guest, the Centre Manager

The centre's cafe is unaffected by the work and will remain open.

Some of the panels will still be displayed at the full time home of the Tapestry at the Friends Meeting House on Stramongate.

Famous tapestry looks for new home

Kendal's famous Quaker Tapestry will have to move to a temporary new home because of weather damage to its premises.

Repairs are being carried out to the grade two listed building after Cumbria experienced the second wettest year on record in 2012.

What looked initially like a need for minor repairs turned out to be far more serious, costing £25,000. One wall was found to be wringing wet.

An oak beam needs to be replaced as do all the plaster mouldings around the window and ceiling cornices.

Kendal's Quaker Tapestry's new home

Temporary lodgings are being sought for Kendal's Quaker Tapestry as its current home at Georgian Friends Meeting House as repairs are carried out on the building.

The building has been damaged by the harsh cumbrian weather. The Grade II listed building needs £25,000 worth of repairs.

The work leaves the centre without an exhibition space and without a homes for the tapestry.

"We've just finished a major textile conservation project to re-mount and frame every single one of the 77 tapestry panels.

"This means they are better protected and far more portable. More importantly, we are now well equipped to mount a temporary exhibition in venues around Kendal."

"Whilst we can display some of the panels in an adjacent room, the Friends Meeting Room, we need to find a temporary home for more of the embroidered panels. If we can find an empty town centre shop we can turn this disaster into something good by taking the panels to the people."

– Bridget Guest, Centre Manager,

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