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Bath Abbey Diptychs

Start date: Saturday, February 15th 2014
End date: Friday, October 31st 2014

Sue Symon's masterpiece 'One Man's Journey to Heaven', also known as the Bath Abbey Diptychs, is an awe-inspiring work of art and craft. The life of Christ is depicted in thirty-five pairs of sumptuously decorated panels; a combination of needlework, hand-drawn lettering, illumination and calligraphy. The Diptychs are on display every year from February half-term until the Autumn half-term.

Please note it is advisable to check in advance if you wish to view the complete set of Diptychs as access can sometimes be limited by services and events.

Gideons Exhibition

Start date: Saturday, July 19th 2014
End date: Friday, August 1st 2014

Many people in Britain have never seen a Bible and may be uncertain what it is. A team from Gideons International will be in the Abbey’s South transept distributing free scripture (New Testament and Psalms mostly, in around a dozen different languages) and discussing the Christian Faith with visitors. The aim is to give as many people as possible the opportunity to read the Bible for themselves, perhaps for the first time, and to discover God in a personal way.  

To find out more about becoming Friend of the Gideons or to receive the free quarterly magazine and details of what Bath Branch are doing, please contact Jim and Liz Woods, Tel 01225 313205; Address: 21 Castle Gardens, Bath, BA2 2AN.

The Quaker Tapestry

Start date: Saturday, August 2nd 2014
End date: Saturday, August 16th 2014

A joint exhibition with the Quaker Meeting House, York Street, Bath 

Quaker Meeting House, Opening Hours: Mon-Sat, 10am to 4pm.

20 of the 77 award-winning panels which have travelled down to Bath from their Cumbrian home in Kendal are a celebration of Quaker ideas, faith and practice from the 17th century to the present day. They cover subjects as diverse as: peace keeping in Russia, industrial welfare, banking, botany and key events from the early days of the movement.

Seven of the tapestries are linked to places and people in the South West. A panel about the 1914 Friends Ambulance Unit was designed and embroidered in Sidcot, near Winscombe. This 300 year old Quaker School is also depicted on a panel about education. Other panels have been made by communities in Bristol, Taunton and Bradford-upon-Avon.

Produced between 1981 and 1996, the creation of the 77 panels involved 4,000 men, women and children from around the world. It has also inspired new groups to make their own tapestries to commemorate special events using this collaborative approach.The visual impact and beauty of the Quaker Tapestry inspires all those who see it. Often compared with the Bayeux Tapestry, this masterpiece of storytelling is a celebration of life, people and events across the centuries. A myriad of stories are revealed from within the 77 captivating and colourful embroidery panels.

Each of the colourful tapestry panels measures 25” (635mm) x 21” (533mm) and is created in the ‘narrative crewel embroidery’ style of the Bayeux Tapestry.

The free exhibition includes a film, children’s activities, gift shop and opportunities to see embroiderers working. 

Discover the stories behind the stitches by visiting