Mountmellick gets sewing

One of twenty panels from the Quaker Tapestry now on display at Mountmellick Museum.
The world reknowned Quaker Tapestry, on exhibit in Mountmellick Museum, is to get a new panel based on the town.

The world reknowned Quaker Tapestry, on exhibit in Mountmellick Museum, is to get a new panel based on the town.

Last week the UK curators announced the addition of the panel, which will be designed and embroidered by locals.

MDA manager Dolores Dempsey is delighted.

“This is a great honour for the museum, and it is a real recognition of the place Mountmellick has in Quaker history and heritage,” she said.

Another big Quaker exhibition is now on in the library; historic local photographs by Jane Shackleton, relative of Antarctic explorer Ernest, and descendant of founding Quaker William Edmundson.

On August 7, another descendent, James Edmundson from Texas, will formally hand over to the museum the family copy of William’s journal, written from the 1650s to 1712.

“This is a really significant addition to the museum,” said Ms Dempsey, “ It gives us a first hand account of the social, religious and commercial history of this area from three centuries ago.”