Knitting & Crochet Guild Collection wins National Lottery grant
May 2019 marks the start of an exciting project funded by a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant to the Collection of the Knitting & Crochet Guild. Made possible thanks to National Lottery players, the grant of £10,000 will enable the Knitting & Crochet Guild (KCG) Collection to become known to bigger audiences, especially those who are not able to visit the Collection in person.
The project, officially titled ‘Digitisation of the Knitting & Crochet Guild Collection highlights and the creation of a digital resource’ will show a selection of the Collection on line so that it can be accessed anywhere, any time, through electronic media. This resource will be of interest to a wide range of people, including knitters and crocheters, fashion students and designers, as well as the members of the KCG, of course.
The KCG is a UK membership organisation focusing on hand and machine knitting and crochet, with the aims of preservation, innovation and education for these crafts. Their Collection consists of many thousands of items from garments to knitting needles, household textiles, patterns, books and yarn samples. This treasure trove is housed in the popular Yorkshire village of Slaithwaite in a newly renovated mill, a new arrival in the bustling village near Huddersfield. Its move (itself a massive undertaking) means that more visitors may be attracted to it in this popular destination.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund grant will enable a part of the Collection to be put on line where it can be accessed from anywhere in the world. In the process of this, the team of volunteers who care for the Collection will receive training about the Collection, its value and how best to care for it, to enhance the skills they already have. In doing this, the ‘100 best’ items will be identified and selected for digitisation, itself a task similar to that of isolating the tip of an iceberg! The project has become ‘The KCG Collection in 100 objects’ and these will reflect the composition of the Collection.
Angharad Thomas, Volunteer Textile Archivist said ‘All of the volunteer team at the KCG Collection are very excited about the award, thanks to National Lottery players, and are raring to get on with it!’.