Welcome to Threads of Survival

A powerful collection of quilts and textile art from across England reflecting pandemic life and the importance of maintaining a public healthcare service for all.

Threads of Survival continues the long tradition of documenting important historical events in quilts and textiles.

The project began in August 2020. The process has been a community spirited affair – as quilting should be. The current collection of 24 quilts has been created by over 140 makers around the country.

The creative brief
Life during the pandemic, experiences and observations. And thoughts & concern about the nation’s healthcare service.

"As someone who has worked in the NHS for over thirty years I can't thank you enough for this wonderful moving exhibition."

Alive & Quilting

Stitchers: Over 140 people from across England – Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Cheshire, Lancashire, County Durham, Somerset, Surrey, London, Birmingham & Manchester

Quilts: Over 20 and growing…

Themes: Family life, community life
Fear of the virus
Fear of the Government
Lack of trust in politicians
Community spirit and Welfare
NHS Staff courage
NHS working conditions
Care Homes & Care Staff
Misinformation & Media
Social Isolation
Political Corruption

Threads of survival pandemic quilts

Slide 1
A 999 CALL FOR THE NHS
CREATIVE CAMPAIGN PROJECT
FABRIC OF CARE

We should see the nation’s healthcare
Like a blanket underneath all of us
To catch us if we fall
A lifelong fabric of care

The original NHS was created
With a vision of a more caring society
Protecting that vision, cherishing that fabric
Is what 'Threads of Survival' is about

Steve Carne
Chair 999 Call for the NHS

STEVEN WY
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Threads of Survival is also proud to honour the tradition of recording social protest in textiles.

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