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25th Anniversary Project: Walsall Council Creative Development Team

Walsall Council Creative Development Team celebrates 25 years of delivering community arts in Walsall., we are proud to announce our success in receiving £73,740 Arts Council England Lottery Funding to deliver a unique year long community arts project for Walsall Borough.

25th Anniversary Project - Walsall Council Creative Development Team

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January 26, 2016

Silver Thread – 25th Anniversary Project Walsall Council Creative Development Team

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Walsall Council Creative Development Team celebrates 25 years of delivering community arts in Walsall., we are proud to announce our success in receiving £73,400 Arts Council England Lottery Funding to deliver a unique year long community arts project for Walsall Borough We will involve an army of local people to create 11 unique tapestries representing…

April 15, 2016

​The Old White Hart at Caldmore

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By Stuart Williams The White Hart on Caldmore Green is one of Walsall’s most historic and attractive former public houses – but also one of the most mysterious.  Originally a private residence, the building dates from the second half of the 1600s and was probably built by George Hawe (died1679), who is known to have…

April 15, 2016

Community Sewing Leads Update

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We have recruited most of our Community Sewing Leads now who are busy testing sewing methods and refining techniques. Each sewing lead will be responsible for one of the tapestries, taking it around to groups and individuals to sew from May til October. The embroideries will include a combination of traditional and contemporary hand and…

March 19, 2016

Walsall’s History All Sewn Up!

Close up of sampler 1786 by Ann Allen

As part of the Silver Thread research 2 sewing volunteers Beth Porter and Yvonne Thomas visited the Museum Stores to look at local historic embroidery and sewing. The museum has samplers which were made by young girls dating back to 1737 with many more from 18th and 19th century. Diane Dangerfield from St Matthews Craft…

March 16, 2016

Introducing the Silver Thread Artist Hunt Emerson

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Midlands artist Hunt Emerson, famous for being an artist on the Beano comic, will create the designs for the 11 tapestries. Hunt also produced illustrations for one of the first projects the Community Arts team produced in the early 1990’s, a programme called Dreaming for Real on the Beechdale Estate. It is fitting that he…

March 1, 2016

Don’t forget to have your say!

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Don’t miss out your chance to have your say on your local area! Come to one of our meetings and help us spread the word. Sat 5th March 2pm-4pm Library chamber rooms Willenhall Library Walsall Street Willenhall Walsall WV13 2EX Sat 5th March 2.30pm – 4.30pm Aldridge Community Center Anchor Meadow Walsall WS9 8AN Sat…

February 27, 2016

New Invention – Labour of Love

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Silver Thread Tapestries Project workers from Creative Development Team in the Council has been meeting sewing and craft groups in the Walsall Borough. We are recruiting local groups and individuals who will help us sew 11 tapestries over the next year, and we are profiling the achievements of local groups who’s work is hidden in…

February 13, 2016

Walsall Silver Thread Tapestries Project

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Maria Wigley has been sewing some beautiful samples for Silver Thread tapestries. The sewing leads are working out different methods we may use for sewing the tapestries. Sewing groups will begin after Easter, get in touch if you want to be involved.            

January 26, 2016

Silver Thread – 25th Anniversary Project Walsall Council Creative Development Team

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Walsall Council Creative Development Team celebrates 25 years of delivering community arts in Walsall., we are proud to announce our success in receiving £73,740 Arts Council England Lottery Funding to deliver a unique year long community arts project for Walsall Borough We will involve an army of local people to create 11 unique tapestries representing…

February 6, 2016

Sewing a Thread of Walsall History by Stuart Williams

The Bridge looking towards St Matthew's Church on the horizon, 1924

The silver thread of history links past, present and future, and in the ancient town of Walsall that thread is long indeed, and sometimes tangled. ​The name of Walsall is thought to derive from Old English ‘Walh’, from the Saxon term for a Briton or Welshman, and ‘H(e)alh’ meaning ‘a sheltered place’.  Mysteriously, Walsall was…

February 3, 2016

Help us decide what is included on the tapestries

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Initial meetings have been planned across the Walsall borough to capture local views on what should be represented on the Silver Thread Tapestries. If you have an interest in local history or local identity, if you are interested in getting involved in the sewing or just want to find out more, just turn up to…

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