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06/11/2014

News Release - Issued by Quilt Museum and Gallery

Quilt Museum and Gallery Receives VisitEngland Hidden Gem Accolade

The Quilt Museum and Gallery is one of the first Visitor Attractions in England to receive a VisitEngland Hidden Gem Accolade in recognition of the quality visitor experience on offer.

The accolades, introduced by VisitEngland for the first time this year, are part of the Visitor Attractions Quality Scheme that aims to recognise those attractions going the extra mile to create an enjoyable and memorable visitor experience.

“We are thrilled to receive recognition for all the hard work contributed by staff and volunteers”, said Museum Manager, Fiona Diaper.

“We are immensely proud of what The Quilt Museum and Gallery can offer visitors: a unique collection housed within St Anthony's Hall, one of only four remaining medieval guild halls in York. Visitors can also enjoy visiting our specialist gift shop as well as relaxing in the neighbouring sensory garden.”

James Berresford, Chief Executive of VisitEngland said: “These attractions are all succeeding in ensuring visitors enjoy their experience, whether by providing a warm welcome, capturing the imagination with creative storytelling, providing a high-quality food and drink offer or ensuring an all-round quality experience for visitors. These new accolades reflect the wide variety of attractions on offer in England and provide the perfect reason to take a day trip or short break this half term.”

Notes to Editors
The Quilt Museum and Gallery

The Quilt Museum and Gallery is Britain's first museum dedicated to quiltmaking and textile arts.
The Museum is managed by The Quilters' Guild of the British Isles, an educational charity founded in 1979. Their aim is to promote the crafts of patchwork, appliqué and quilting through changing exhibitions of historic and contemporary textiles. The Quilt Museum and Gallery is independently funded through admissions, grants and donations.

Since its formation in 1979, The Quilters' Guild has built up a unique collection of antique and contemporary quilts from around the British Isles. The collection has grown due to both donations and acquisitions and now numbers over 800 items, from the earliest known dated British patchwork the 1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet to recent pieces by contemporary quilt makers.
As well as full size quilts and coverlets, the collection includes miniature pieces, quilted clothing, small domestic items templates, tools and quilting equipment.

For hi-res images and further details please contact jane@cinnamonpublishing.com

The Museum closes during exhibition changeovers. Please check the website www.quiltmuseum.org.uk or phone 01904 613 242 to check on opening times.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am–4pm, Admission charges apply.

About VisitEngland
• VisitEngland is the country’s national tourist board. We work in partnership with the industry to develop the visitor experience across England, plan national tourism strategy, grow the value of tourism in England and provide advocacy for the industry and our visitors. Our work is underpinned by robust research and customer insights. You can access the latest in-depth market intelligence and statistics on www.visitengland.org/insight-statistics.
• England is a unique destination and a real powerhouse in global tourism. It represents 84 per cent of the total UK visitor economy, is worth £106 billion, and supports 2.6 million jobs.
• For corporate information see www.visitengland.org and for consumer information see www.visitengland.com.

About the Visitor Attractions Quality Scheme
• The Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme is managed by VisitEngland and, through its network of regional assessors, boasts an incredible reputation for instigating, modifying and shaping change to the customer experience at visitor attractions across England.
• Following successful trials in 1998 in the South West and then in the East of England, the Visitor Attraction Scheme was officially taken centrally by the National Tourist Board in 2007. The scheme encourages participants to make the Scheme work for them as a management tool.
• Industry support has been consistently strong with participants eager to take on board the recommendations of their local assessor.
• Any questions or queries regarding the scheme can be emailed to attractions@visitengland.org.
Information contained in this press release was correct at the time of issue.

Contact:
Quilt Museum and Gallery
St Anthony’s Hall, Peasholme Green
York, England YO1 7PW
Tel: 01904 613 242
Email: admin@quiltersguild.org.uk

The Quilt Museum and Gallery is an independent museum operated by The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles. The Guild is a registered in England and Wales as a charity no.1067361 and a company limited by guarantee no. 3447631. The Guild is registered as a charity in Scotland no. SC043174.

The Museum and Gallery has been awarded the following:

• Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014
• Finalist in the Visit York Tourism Awards for Visitor Attraction of the year (under 50, 000) 2014
• Arts Council England Accredited Museum 2013
• Visit England Quality Assured Visitor Attraction and ‘Hidden Gem’ 2014