Tapestries to be re-hung at Wisbech Library after regular makes generous donation

Glyn Jones who gave library £1,000 to hang up the quilts.

Glyn Jones who gave library £1,000 to hang up the quilts. - Credit: Archant

A generous act from a regular visitor will allow for three tapestries which depict life in Fenland to be re-hung at Wisbech Library.

Alison Sutton, Area Library Manager, holding a quilt.

Alison Sutton, Area Library Manager, holding a quilt. - Credit: Archant

The tapestries were donated to the library by organisations including the Women’s Institute and the Scouts in 1977.

They had pride of place in the library until they were taken down when it was refurbished four years ago.

The tapestries have remained in the attic because the library has not had the funds to have them re-installed.

But library regular Glyn Jones has stepped in and donated £1,000, which will be spent on mounting the tapestries behind perspex to preserve them.


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Now, the library is on the lookout for people who contributed to the tapestries so they can be part of a re-hanging ceremony.

Alison Sutton, area manager at Wisbech Library, said: “In about 1977 the library was donated three beautiful four by six foot tapestries which depicted local scenes like the North Brink, churches and landmarks.

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“I believe it was a funded art project, with organisations like the Woman’s Institute and the Scouts taking part.

“When we were refurbished they were taken down, cleaned and stored as there was no money to have them re-installed in a way that was going to keep them for posterity.

“But Mr Jones, who has been coming to the library for the past three years, has generously made a donation.

“What we want to do now is trace the original contributors and invite them to tell us their story about how or why they took part in making the tapestries.

“We would also like to invite them to the unveiling ceremony when it happens.”

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