New exhibition : Sherry's American quilts: 20 August - 18 October

A late 19th century velvet crazy quilt from the USA (TRC 2018.2407).

A late 19th century velvet crazy quilt from the USA (TRC 2018.2407).

The TRC is organising a special exhibition in order to celebrate the recent donation of over twenty quilts and tops by the American collector, Sherry Cook. The exhibition will include many examples that this summer arrive at the TRC in Leiden. The exhibition will be presented for only two months, from Monday 20th August until and including 18th October. Sherry Cook has written a brief blog about the donation. See also the brief blog about the Charles Lindbergh quilt.

There will be a workshop on Wednesday 29th August (from 10.00 - 13.00 h) about the history of quilting and the archaeological evidence for a variety of different quilting techniques. The workshop will be given by Dr. Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood (director of the TRC) and is a continuation of the workshop that was given earlier in the year. The August workshop will pay particular attention to the US Quilts exhibition, and provide the participants the chance to quilt with various types of materials, including felt and silk, as well as look at some historical quilting techniques from medieval Egypt. Please make sure to register well in advance ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )!

Next to the normal opening hours of the TRC, we will also open our doors on Sunday 2nd September from 12.00 until 17.00, so that many more people can come and see this special exhibition and donation.

  • US QUILTS: An exhibition celebrating the Sherry Cook donation
  • 20th August 2018 to and including 18th October 2018
  • TRC Leiden, Hogewoerd 164, 2311 HW Leiden, The Netherlands.
  • Entrance is free


Financial donations to the TRC can be made via Paypal; Donaties aan de TRC kunnen worden overgemaakt via Paypal:

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Hogewoerd 164, 2311 HW Leiden. Tel. +31 (0)71 5134144 / +31 (0)6 28830428

Opening times: Monday to Thursday: 10.00-16.00 hrs, other days by appointment.

Bank account number: NL39 INGB 0002 9823 59

Entrance is free, but donations are always welcome !

Current exhibition: For a few sacks more ...., until 28th June

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The TRC is dependent on project support and individual donations. All of our work is being carried out by volunteers. To support the TRC activities, we therefore welcome your financial assistance: donations can be transferred to bank account number NL39 INGB 000 298 2359, in the name of the Textile Research Centre, Leiden. Since the TRC is officially recognised as a non-profit making cultural institution (ANBI), donations are tax deductible for 125% for individuals, and 150% for commercial companies. For more information, click here
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