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Paisley Patter are looking for anyone willing to volunteer their time for the fabulous Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry Exhibition at Paisley’s Anchor Mill (The Atrium), Thread Street.

We need people who could cover the following shifts:

Wednesday (1st), Thursday (2nd) or Friday (3rd May), 5pm-8pm.  There will be one other volunteer with you so you are not alone.

Sunday 5th May, 1pm – help with dismantling the tapestry and loading it into Arran’s van – some lifting of boxes etc required, (I’m a girl and I managed to do it so no wimping out!)

It’s a fantastic way to get involved in your community and meet new people.

The tapestry is world-famous so having it here in Paisley is a great thing for our town.

Paisley Patter is a project which involves the stitching of the Paisley Panel of The Great Tapestry of Scotland, also the gathering of stories from anyone who has one to tell about Paisley in the 1930s. We meet 1-3pm Wednesdays and Saturdays and you would be made most welcome at any of our meetings. This week’s meetings are at Anchor Mill, Thread Street and after that we meet at the Thread Mill, Seedhill Road.

Contact for details on any of the above which interests you.

Paisley (BattleTap) poster

Paisley Development Trust in partnership with the Paisley Thread Mill Museum Present

The Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry Exhibition (Please note this event has already happened in 2013)

The home of the thread industry in Scotland is on the map once again as the Atrium in the Anchor Finishing Mill (Anchor Mill) plays host to the world famous

Paisley (BattleTap) posterBattle of Prestonpans Tapestry 

Next week, from 27 April to 4 May, this amazing artwork and heritage resource which has been touring all over Europe, will be on display from 2 pm till 8 pm Monday to Friday and from 11 am till 4 pm each Saturday and Sunday. Admission is FREE (although donations to support the Prestonpans Tapestry and the Thread Mill Museum will be very welcome).

The Tapestry exhibition is part of Paisley Patter, an intergenerational project from the Paisley Development Trust funded by the Heritage Lottery (All Our Stories) being delivered in partnership with the Paisley Thread Mill Museum and the Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry.

Bringing the famous Tapestry to Paisley was the ambition of two of the founding members of the Thread Mill Museum, Eleanor McAllister and Ellen Farmer – both of whom have sadly passed away within a month of each other. The Paisley Development Trust is determined to ensure the project goes ahead exactly as they had planned.

“PDT is proud to be supporting the Thread Mill Museum at this difficult time” said Piero Pierachini, Chair, Paisley Development Trust.

The Paisley Patter Project is designed to bring the Museum to life as local “stitchers” (volunteers with some embroidery skills or with an interest in learning them) gather each Wednesday and Saturday afternoons (1 pm till 4 pm) to complete our very own panel: the Paisley panel for the Great Scottish Tapestry

The group meets in the Thread Mill Museum to share stories and memories of Paisley between the Wars that are then translated into images for the Tapestry. Anyone who is interested, who has family stories or memories of the 1930s or who is young and would like to learn about Paisley’s history from those who lived through it, is very welcome to come along and join us.

For further information about the Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry Exhibition, the Paisley Patter Project or to get involved contact: Marie Connolly on 07743 166098.

Click here for the tour dates poster. (PDF)

Paisley Development Trust presents

Paisley Patter

You and your colleagues/groups/families, are invited to the launch of the latest project from Paisley Development Trust:

6 p.m. (till 7pm), Friday 22 February

Paisley Threadmill Museum,

12 Seedhill Road, Paisley PA1 1 JS

logosCalling Stitchers!

With a deadline of June this year to complete the Paisley panel for the Great Scottish Tapestry, we are urgently looking for “stitchers” – folks who are good at/interested in or have always fancied a go at embroidery work.

If that is YOU please come along! If you know of someone who might be interested, bring them along! If you work with a group with stitching talents (even hidden ones!) bring them along or get in touch with me by phone on 07873723420 or by email.

The Paisley panel is focused on Paisley between the Wars and everyone can get involved in its creation.

Calling Young People!

We’re looking for local young people (18 – 25 year olds) who are interested in film and recording.

Again, if you fit this profile (or you know of someone who does), come along!

You will gather the stories of Paisley people who lived through the 1930s:



Did you have family connections with the mills? Do your remember Brown and Polsons or Roberstsons’ Jam Factory?

We want to hear from YOU.

The young people involved in the project will hear and record memories of daily life, living conditions, the highs and lows of living in that period. The stories will then be translated into embroidered squares for the Paisley Panel. You can make your own (or “buddy” up with a stitcher who will make it for you)

The whole piece will be accompanied by audio visual materials (on line and in a publication)

We are looking forward to welcoming you into the Paisley Threadmill Museum on Friday, 22nd February at 6pm

Tea and biscuits will be served on arrival so please RSVP and let us know numbers for catering purposes

Paisley Patter is funded by the Heritage Lottery’s All Our Stories programme

The Paisley Development Trust is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation sco 42589