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 Business – Money, Shoes, Chocolate and all that

28th February 2018 – 9th December 2018

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

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The Barrett Friendship Quilt Display

28th February 2018 – 8th December 2018

This 19th Century friendship quilt is a major work of art with connections to the Victorian Art World, William Morris and Queen Victoria herself! Come…

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Quaker Tapestry Roadshow coming to your town?

1st January 2019 – 7th December 2019

We are busy planning our next Quaker Tapestry Roadshow or Touring Exhibition for 2018 and beyond. We publish these events when we have all the…

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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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