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Talk

Traditional Hand Quilting - introduction, demonstration and informal talk

By Anne Jeater

Thursday 18 April 2024 7.00pm

Doors 6.45pm

Bakewell Old House Museum

£6 per person

Hand quilting on wholecloth quilts and strippies has a strong tradition in the UK, particularly in the North Country and Wales. Widespread in the 19thC the practice declined significantly after WWI but was revived by the work of the Rural Industries Bureau and the Women’s Institute from the 1930’s onwards. The dedication and hard work of some inspired individuals and organisations ensured its survival and development today – examples are the Welsh Quilt Museum established and run by Jen Jones in Lampeter, Beamish Museum in County Durham and the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles (QGBI) in York.
I’ll give a demonstration of the technique of hand quilting. This will include an introduction to the fabrics, threads and tools along with a brief explanation of the methodology of drafting the quilting pattern and transferring it onto the fabric. There will be a selection of some vintage quilts and some of my own making to illustrate the elements of design along with a discussion of the motifs and quilting patterns, their history, regional significance and development.

Anne Jeater
Born in Northumberland and grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne, Anne has always been a sewer but didn’t start making quilts until she retired in 1998. Joined QGBI and its specialist group, British Quilt Study Group, in 2008. Her passions are hand quilting, researching quilts and their makers, gardening and playing Bridge.

Bakewell and District Historical Society Talk

Georgian Rural Life in the Peak District

Thursday 25 April 2024 7:30pm

Join us for a talk by David Spencer.

At the Friends Meeting House, Bakewell.

£3 per person on the door. Refreshments available for a donation after the talk.

Workshop

Kantha Quilting

Tuesday 7 May 2024 9:30-12.30am

Methodist Church, Bakewell

Kindly sponsored by Heirs and Graces, Darley Dale.

This is the first of three craft workshops linked to this year’s exhibition Treasured Quilts:  Warmth and Wealth. The sessions will cover something a bit different; lesser-known techniques in quilting, patchwork and embroidery, suitable for beginners but will also be of interest to more advanced needleworkers and crafters. Hand sewing and slow stitching are relaxing and rewarding; the ultimate in mindfulness.

Originating in India and South Asia, Kantha means rags where cotton scraps of fabric are stitched together to make a larger piece of cloth. This craft is one of the early examples of recycling. Layers of fabric are then quilted to produce a more substantial and decorative cloth that would have been used to produce useful household textile items; upcycling.

Cost is £30 each session or £80 for all three workshops. Refreshments are included.

A starter kit will be provided but bring a 6” embroidery hoop if you have one, a small pair of scissors and a magnifying glass if you already use one for close work.

You can use your own design if you prefer and an outline drawing will be required to fit inside the hoop.

About the Tutor

Ann Esders is an experienced teacher of textile crafts specialising in patchwork, quilting and embroidery. She is a well known tutor in the Bakewell area having established a successful business including a classroom nearly 40 years ago: Heirs and Graces was founded in 1987. Ann is passionate about passing on knowledge and skills to inspire a love of creative arts in others along with a few tips that only come from experience. It has always been important to her that when pupils are learning a technique that they also understand the materials they are using, to instil an appreciation for the history behind it. The atmosphere in a class is relaxed and friendly with pupils working at their own pace.

www.heirsandgraces.org.uk

Poetry evening

VOICES FROM THE PEAK - Mark Gwynne Jones

Saturday 18 May 2024 7.30pm

Doors 7.00pm

Bakewell Old House Museum

£12 per person.

A journey through the Peak District in word, film and sound. An exclusive live performance - combining spoken word, soundscape, and archive recordings. Mark delivers a funny and absorbing in-person presentation of his popular series, Voices From The Peak. Drawing on childhood experiences and encounters with poachers, shepherds, and mineral miners – here is a landscape rich with both beauty and danger. An award-winning show that rediscovers the stories that connect us to the land.

The fascinating quest of the poet Mark Gwynne Jones… An audio odyssey… and some marvellous Derbyshire reflections… The Times

This is a work of rare quality as timeless as its subject. John Tams

www.markgwynnejones.com

Bakewell and District Historical Society Talk

19th century population movements from Youlgrave to nearby cities

Thursday 23 May 2024 7:30pm

Join us for a talk by Ian Webster.

At the Friends Meeting House, Bakewell.

£3 per person on the door. Refreshments available for a donation after the talk.

Cake and Plant sale

Saturday 1 June 2024 11am to 2pm

Free entry to our annual Cake and Plant sale in the museum's courtyard. Grab that delicious cake and perfect plant!

Tickets for the museum are available for 11am to 4pm.

Workshop

Crazy Patchwork

Tuesday 4 June 2024 9:30-12.30am

Methodist Church, Bakewell

Kindly sponsored by Heirs and Graces, Darley Dale.

This is the second of three craft workshops linked to this year’s exhibition Treasured Quilts:  Warmth and Wealth. The sessions will cover something a bit different; lesser-known techniques in quilting, patchwork and embroidery, suitable for beginners but will also be of interest to more advanced needleworkers and crafters. Hand sewing and slow stitching are relaxing and rewarding; the ultimate in mindfulness.

Create a decorative one-off piece of work with random and irregular shaped fabric scraps.
Crazy Patchwork was popular from the late 19th century and into the early 20th century. There is a beautiful example in the exhibition if you are looking for inspiration.

Cost is £30 each session or £80 for all three workshops. Refreshments are included.

A starter kit will be provided but bring a 6” embroidery hoop if you have one, a small pair of scissors and a magnifying glass if you already use one for close work.

You can use your own design if you prefer and an outline drawing will be required to fit inside the hoop.

About the Tutor

Ann Esders is an experienced teacher of textile crafts specialising in patchwork, quilting and embroidery. She is a well known tutor in the Bakewell area having established a successful business including a classroom nearly 40 years ago: Heirs and Graces was founded in 1987. Ann is passionate about passing on knowledge and skills to inspire a love of creative arts in others along with a few tips that only come from experience. It has always been important to her that when pupils are learning a technique that they also understand the materials they are using, to instil an appreciation for the history behind it. The atmosphere in a class is relaxed and friendly with pupils working at their own pace.

www.heirsandgraces.org.uk

Talk

Quilts of Necessity, Quilts of Leisure

By Liz Whitehouse

Wednesday 12 June 2024 7.00pm

Doors 6.45pm

Bakewell Old House Museum

£6 per person

Everyone knows about patchwork and quilting: poor people took pieces of old clothes and made them into patchwork quilts for a little extra warmth on their beds. Well … yes, sometimes and in some circumstances. But how does this explain the glorious Georgian coverlets made with expensive Indian chintz fabrics or the intricate patchworks of silk and velvet made by the Victorians? Join Liz Whitehouse to explore ‘Quilts of Necessity, Quilts of Leisure’.

Liz Whitehouse
Brought up in a ‘sewing household’, Liz learned dressmaking from her mother and embroidery from her aunts, but did not discover patchwork and quilting until she became the Chief Executive of The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles in 2010. As well as learning how to make patchwork and quilting, Liz became fascinated with the historic quilts in The Quilters’ Guild Collection. She joined the British Quilt Study Group (a Special Interest Group of The Guild) and for the last three years has been the Group’s Co-ordinator (Chair).
She has volunteered with quilts and textiles at Beck Isle Museum, Pickering, and Barnsley Museums, in addition to serving on the Collections Committee for The Quilters’ Guild Collection.

Bakewell and District Historical Society Talk

The Coterel Gang: Medieval Delinquents or Political Terrorists?

Thursday 27 June 2024 7:30pm

Join us for a talk by Susan Hillam.

At the Friends Meeting House, Bakewell.

£3 per person on the door. Refreshments available for a donation after the talk.

Workshop

Tudor Blackwork

Tuesday 2 July 2024 9:30-12.30am

Methodist Church, Bakewell

Kindly sponsored by Heirs and Graces, Darley Dale.

This is the third of three craft workshops linked to this year’s exhibition Treasured Quilts:  Warmth and Wealth. The sessions will cover something a bit different; lesser-known techniques in quilting, patchwork and embroidery, suitable for beginners but will also be of interest to more advanced needleworkers and crafters. Hand sewing and slow stitching are relaxing and rewarding; the ultimate in mindfulness.

We chose this craft from the Tudor period to make a link with the time when The Bakewell Old House was built  in 1525. This counted thread embroidery was introduced to England during the reign of Henry VIII and examples can be seen in iconic portraits painted at the time. Originally using black silk thread on white linen and worked in geometric designs. Blackwork embroidery remains popular today.

Cost is £30 each session or £80 for all three workshops. Refreshments are included.

A starter kit will be provided but bring a 6” embroidery hoop if you have one, a small pair of scissors and a magnifying glass if you already use one for close work.

You can use your own design if you prefer and an outline drawing will be required to fit inside the hoop.

About the Tutor

Ann Esders is an experienced teacher of textile crafts specialising in patchwork, quilting and embroidery. She is a well known tutor in the Bakewell area having established a successful business including a classroom nearly 40 years ago: Heirs and Graces was founded in 1987. Ann is passionate about passing on knowledge and skills to inspire a love of creative arts in others along with a few tips that only come from experience. It has always been important to her that when pupils are learning a technique that they also understand the materials they are using, to instil an appreciation for the history behind it. The atmosphere in a class is relaxed and friendly with pupils working at their own pace.

www.heirsandgraces.org.uk

Tour

Ghosts, Myths and Legends

Wednesday 3 July 2024 6:00-7:30pm

£15 per person.

Starts outside the Visitor Centre (Bridge Street DE45 1DS) & finishes at the museum.

Bakewell's long history and numerous sinister events are packed into the Ghost Tour of the town.

The town tour will be followed by a special tour of Bakwell Old House Museum to hear about the witch marks, and some of the stories the paranormal investigators have discovered!

Concert

Eliza is the Fairest Queen by Sirinu

Saturday 13 July 2024 7:30pm

In the Tudor Hall, Bakewell Old House Museum. Doors 7:00PM.

Featuring:

Sara Stowe, voice and virginals

Lewis Spring, voice and renaissance guitar

Matthew Spring, lute and cittern

Sirinu’s concert is a lively presentation of songs and instrumental music from Tudor times. 

With lute, hurdy-gurdy, crumhorns and voices they enliven their concert with stories of Henry Vlll and of Elizabeth and her closest courtiers who danced to popular tunes and ballads. 

The Elizabethan stage was alive to stories of murder, vengeance and love and Sirinu performs play songs, particularly those by Shakespeare, that brought in an audience of the rich and the poor. 

Sirinu will introduce the programme and talk about the period instruments they use, all within the setting of the Tudor Hall.

£15 per person.

Bakewell and District Historical Society Talk

One man, many ideas: the life and works of Barnes Wallis

Thursday 25 July 2024 7:30pm

Join us for a talk by Peter Rix.

At the Friends Meeting House, Bakewell.

£3 per person on the door. Refreshments available for a donation after the talk.

Play

Without Mailice or Ill Will

Written by Ray Castleton. Directed by Jessica Millward.

Saturday 27 July 2024 7:00pm

£10 per person

In the Tudor Hall, Bakewell Old House Museum. Doors and drinks 6:30pm. The play lasts 50 mins, after which there will be a chance to talk to Ray Castleton.

First a miner, then a copper.
Now he's neither, and he's facing his past.

WITHOUT MALICE OR ILL WILL is a monologue delivered by a retired police officer. He tells us of his early life in a mining community, his relationship with his father, his first job as an NCB apprentice and how his uncle persuaded him to give up mining and join the police force. We then hear about his career, particularly during the year of the strike and the infamous battle of Orgreave, when he had to endure the divided loyalties between duty to his oath, from which the title of the play comes, his uniform and his friends, family and his old community. The play ends with him reflecting on how the strike impacted, and continues to impact, on him and his community even forty years later.


WINNER OF AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE FOR MALE ACTOR, BUXTON FRINGE 2019
"The writing is superb: nothing is wasted, every line matters.”
“Ray Castleton, both writer and performer, is pitch perfect.”
“The crucial event, the battle of Orgreave, is a masterclass."
(The Fringe Guru. [Review])