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New Exhibitions Hosted By Guildford Heritage Services

Published on: 2 Nov, 2021
Updated on: 2 Nov, 2021

Guildford Heritage Services has two new exhibitions – one is at the museum and the other at Guildford House Gallery.

100 Years of Remembrance at Guildford House Gallery marks 100 years since the red poppy was first adopted as a symbol of remembrance. It explores what remembrance means to the Surrey Infantry Collection and its regimental family.

The exhibition offers a close encounter with stories of remembrance from volunteers and supporters of Surrey Infantry Collection. You can contribute your own stories to a remembrance wreath – to create a lasting reminder of the people Guildford is remembering this November.

Guildford Borough Councillor Tom Hunt, its Armed Forces champion, said: “The red poppy is a symbol of both remembrance and hope for a peaceful future. This exhibition will give visitors a chance to reflect on what that means to them and those who have served in the military.

“Remembrance Sunday is very personal to all of us, as we remember family members and loved ones who have served our country. Ahead of this year’s Service of Remembrance we will be adding the name of Lt Nicholas Stanford London (who had a close connection to Guildford) to our memorial commemorating those who have died in military service since the Second World War.”

The exhibition will be open from Saturday, November 6 to December 4. The gallery is open from Mondays to Saturdays, 10.30am until 3.30pm, apart from the exhibition’s opening day when it will open at 11.30am.

Guildford House Gallery.

Entry to the gallery is free and Guildford House is also home to the town’s tourist information centre and has a cafe.

Now on at Guildford Museum in Quarry Street is an exhibition of patchwork items relating to experiences of the coronavirus pandemic.

Created by Guildford residents, the Guildford Quilt is made up of more than 30 patches, which have been embroidered, printed or drawn.

Children and adults have contributed records of their memories and experiences of the pandemic in images and words.

Titled A colourful gift from nature, by Mirela and Marko Dumic.

The patches and designs will be on display until January 22 after which they will be stitched together to form the new Guildford Quilt.

The project was inspired by the Ripley Lending Quilt, made by the Girls’ Friendly Society in the late 19th century to lend and bring comfort to sick villagers.

The Ripley Lending Quilt.

The quilt survives as a record of people’s kindness to each other in difficult times. It is displayed in the needlework gallery at the museum.

A selection of traditional patchwork items will accompany the exhibition, exploring aspects of patchwork’s history.

Entry to Guildford Museum is free and is open weekly from Wednesday until Saturday, moon to 4.30pm with last entry at 4pm.

 

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