Southbank Centre's 'Patchwork of the Century' is a special quilt made for the Festival of Britain in 1951. It is now on permanent display in the Royal Festival Hall and is one of the largest and most unique objects in the collection.
The Patchwork of the Century was made by women's groups and consists of 100 individual patches all made using recycled material. Each patch represents a different event in British History ending with the Great Exhibition in 1951.
The piece highlights major events including both World Wars, Women's suffrage, and the founding of the NHS in 1948. The Patchwork of the Century offers a creative insight into British history and is an integral part of the Royal Festival Hall's heritage.
London History Day
12 - 3pm
For London History Day, Southbank Centre will be offering a special talk on Southbank Centre's rich history and its roots in 1950s London. There'll be a special tour of its Grade 1 listed building. There'll also be an opportunity to take part in a practical workshop where you can drop in to explore the creative craft of quilt making.