The UK’s AIDS Memorial Quilt is an irreplaceable piece of social history and remembrance of those who died of HIV and AIDS in the 80s and 90s. The quilt has been in storage for several years now and without proper conservation is in danger of deteriorating and being lost.
The AIDS Memorial Quilt Conservation Partnership has been created to raise awareness of the quilt, its importance in history and to restore and conserve the quilt for generations to come.
The Partnership will be hosting a series of events in London around this year’s World AIDS Day. The first will be installing the quilts in St Paul’s Cathedral on 23rd November. Then over the weekend of 3rd and 4th December, venues around London will host individual quilt panels. Venues will include churches, HIV charities, libraries and the former Lighthouse, now Museum of Brands, where most of the panels were created.
The Partnership is trying to find people who were involved in making the quilt, who created panels to remember family and friends. They are hoping as many as possible will be able join them for the events, have the opportunity to see their quilts again and take part in remembering those we have lost.
If you were involved in making the quilts or you know of anyone who was, the memorial quilt partnership would love to hear from you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AIDS Memorial Quilt Conservation Partnership is George House Trust, Positive East, Positively UK, The Food Chain, Sahir House and Terrence Higgins Trust.
They hope the exhibitions will help remember those lost, raise awareness of HIV to younger generations and help find a permanent home for the quilt to ensure its preservation.