Britain’s oldest quilt on show at the American Museum

THE oldest quilt in existence, a patchwork coverlet made in 1718, will be displayed at the American Museum in Britain, at Claverton Down near Bath, to mark its 300th anniversary.

The coverlet has joined the museum’s own world renowned textile collection which has more than 250 quilts and is considered to be the finest of its type in Europe and the equal of many of the top collections in the United States.

Chief curator Kate Hebert says: “We’re delighted to display the 1718 coverlet at the American Museum. It’s a huge honour to be the only location in the South of England where you’ll be able to see the 1718 coverlet this year. This is a unique opportunity to see this treasure of The Quilters’ Guild collection alongside our renowned quilt collection.”

The coverlet will be on display during normal opening hours until 29th July.