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The Secret Life of Ely Cathedral

Story Quilt

Ely Cathedral is a focal point in the region; there are many stories about the journeys and the poeole who have travelled here. 'Journeys and Yarns: Navigating and Narrating' links with the metaphor of the Cathedral as Ship of the Fens and the heritage, culture and landscape of the Ouse Washes. As part of the exhibition Jane Frost has been awarded a Community Heritage Fund grant from Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership (OWLP) to support her work in coordinating a community project and the Ouse Washes and Fenland Story Quilt as a resource for the community. The Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

To collect imagery for the quilt, family workshops and sharing of stories have taken place in a variety of places, including an animal hunt in the Cathedral when children made drawings of their favourite creatures. The Story Quilt is still a work in progress. During the exhibition Jane will be working two days a week in the Cathedral and visitors will be invited to contribute. There will be two story-telling sessions led by Marion Leeper on Thursday March 31st 2pm to 4pm and Monday May 2nd, 10am to 12 noon.

After the exhibition the Story Quilt will be used at local events and available from Adams Heritage Centre, Littleport as a community resource. If you would like to hire the Story Quilt for an event during OuseFest 2016 (Monday 18 - Sunday 31 July) please get in touch. For more information about the Story Quilt project contact Jane Frost, email Jane@FrostArt.co.uk, tel 07967088348

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