In September 2012 the museum began work with the residents of Westbrook Villas on a project to help people to find our more about this unique hidden gem in Darlington. Students from the Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form are working with the residents and the museum to create outdoor artworks about the history of the area. The artworks will then be situated around Westbrook. As well as artworks, the residents are creating guided walks, and ways to help visitors find out more about the area.
From January to March 2012 the museum worked with artist Becky Sunter, and lots of local knitters to design and make a 3D knitted map of Darlington. Darlington has always had strong links with the textile industry, from Pease’s Mill to Patons and Baldwins. Several of the knitters had worked at Patons.
The group chose the buildings in Darlington they wanted to make, and Becky translated them into knitting patterns. As well as experienced knitters, we had people who could do the basics, and some who couldn’t knit at all. Knitting sessions took place at Head of Steam, and at Crown Street Library. The finished artwork was on display at the Centre for Local Studies and was on display at Head of Steam until March 2013.
The project was very popular and featured in a national knitting magazine called ‘Simply Knitting’!
A History of the World
A History of the World is a unique partnership between the British Museum, the BBC and museums across the UK.
It celebrates objects which have a story to tell. After all, even the most ordinary things can have the most extraordinary stories.
A history of the World website [external link]