CapturePrimary school children from County Durham enjoyed a recent visit to County Hall to see the results of their needlework on public display!

A total of 331 children and teachers across six primary schools designed and created a series of squares which represented their favourite place. The squares were collected and used to make a quilt which was proudly displayed in the Bowes Museum before coming to the Durham Room in County Hall. The children were inspired to make their squares after visits to see Pauline Burbidge’s “Quiltscapes and Quiltline” exhibition at the Bowes Museum.

The children were met by Councillor Jan Blakey, Chairman of Durham County Council; Cllr Ossie Johnson, Cabinet Member for Children & Young People’s Services and Neil Foster, Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and told them about their project and what the individual squares and quilt meant to them. The children were officially thanked by Councillor Blakey at the start of the full council meeting on April 12.

The visit was organised by Councillor Trish Pemberton, Cabinet support member for Economic Regeneration. She said: “When I saw the quilt on display at the Museum I was completely wowed by it. The fact that the quilt was the result of a collaborative effort of 331 children is just so inspiring.”

The schools involved in the project are:-

 Copeland Road Primary School, Bishop Auckland

 Ramshaw Primary School, Bishop Auckland

 St Wilfred’s RCVA Primary School, Bishop Auckland

 Woodhouse Community Primary School, Bishop Auckland

 Prince Bishops Community Primary School, Coundon Grange

 Timothy Hackworth Primary School, Shildon