29 Jul 2018

A British tapestry remembers First World War Kiwi soldiers

From Standing Room Only, 1:30 pm on 29 July 2018

A massive tapestry telling the stories of injured First World War New Zealand soldiers and medical staff at the Mount Felix Hospital in the UK, is about to go on display over here. Also making the long trip is the tapestry's designer, Scottish artist Andrew Crummy. It took more than 600 UK and Kiwi volunteers almost three years to stitch the 44 panels that make up the Mt Felix Tapestry. A fire destroyed the hospital in Walton-on-Thames back in the 1960s, but those involved in the project want to make sure the memories of those who worked and recovered there, will live on for generations. Lynn Freeman spoke to Scottish artist and tapestry designer Andrew Crummy just before he boarded the plane to New Zealand. Andrew Crummy is giving a public talk ‘From Idea to Exhibition: The Inspiration behind the Tapestry’ on Saturday 4th August at Auckland's Papakura Museum where the Mt Felix Tapestry will start its nationwide tour.