The Redlynch Quilt comes to Salisbury Museum

The unique Redlynch quilt is now on display at Salisbury Museum. Produced in 1986, it is a large three dimensional textile map, showing 36 square miles of land to the south of Salisbury. It covers all the villages in the parish of Redlynch as well as Downton and includes such well-known landmarks and landscapes as Clearbury Ring, Pepperbox Hill, the New Forest and the Avon Valley.

The quilt was one of the first projects initiated by Common Ground as part of their national Parish Map Project. The idea was to discover and record what local people valued most, a questionnaire was delivered to 900 homes asking: ‘What would you miss if it disappeared?’ and ‘How would you like to be involved?’ The answers were collected from the post offices and then a public meeting was held. The map reflects what local people valued most.

The map was made in the old attic school room of Newhouse, in Redlynch. The materials used came from a variety of sources, silk from a dress made for dancing the Charleston in the 1920s, wool from old sweaters, a mini skirt sprayed with car paint. Individual people produced separate sections of the map which were then joined together to make the final piece. The completed map travelled to exhibitions around the country.

Adrian Green, Director of the Museum said: "I like the way that landscape and community were brought together with this project in a distinctive way. It brilliantly reflects the relationship that people in the Redlynch area have with their landscape and what they feel is important. Although different sections were made by many different people it fits together incredibly well, and is compelling to look at."

At 11am on Friday 11 September the original makers of the map will be reunited with each other and the map at Salisbury Museum to view it in its new home.