The visual impact and beauty of the award winning Quaker Tapestry Museum inspires all those who visit. Often compared with the Bayeux Tapestry, this masterpiece of storytelling is a celebration of life, people and events across the centuries. A myriad of stories are revealed from within the set of 77 captivating and colourful embroidery panels, (over 40 panels are on display at Kendal). Our informative audio guides narrate the stories with lots of added information about each panel.

As an accredited museum, we provide great insight into Quaker History by adding to, protecting, and presenting, an extensive collection of associated artefacts alongside the panels of embroidery. Around 500 articles of clothing, embroidery and other domestic items have been gifted to us by a wide range of donors, both Quaker and non-Quaker, from Cumbria and further afield.

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volunteering and sharing a story

Current Exhibitions

Quaker Tapestry Roadshow coming to your town?

1st January 2019 – 31st December 2019

The Quaker Tapestry panels of embroidery are ready to go – complete with display boards, lighting, interpretation material and of course the wow factor! Each…

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The Barrett Friendship Quilt Display

4th March 2019 – 28th November 2019

Included in your admission This 19th Century friendship quilt is a major work of art with connections to the Victorian Art World, William Morris and…

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Quaker Business – Money, Shoes, Chocolate and all that

4th March 2019 – 28th November 2019

With interactive displays, films, guides and children’s activities there’s something for all ages.

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“If you do nothing else in Kendal visit this exhibition.

It is a wonderful lesson about Quaker beliefs and their achievements in many walks of life from banking, to business, to industry, science and their humanitarian work throughout the world.”

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