Naburn pupils stitch up highwayman

Twenty-five children from Naburn Primary School swopped pens and paper for needles and thread to turn the story of the luckless highwayman and the landlord’s daughter into a visual feast for the eyes during a workshop at The Quilt Museum in York.

The Year 3 pupils (aged 7 to 8 years) studied Alfred Noyes’ classic poem The Highwayman and then worked out how they could use different fabrics and sewing techniques to make and illustrate the characters and key scenes. By the end each child had produced an A5-sized textile panel depicting one part of the story, which together made the pages of a fabric picture book.

“The Museum loves having younger visitors, whether it’s at our sewing machine workshops in the school holidays, or groups like the pupils from Nayburn plying their needles by hand.  The Highwayman is always a favourite with children who are fascinated by the story and then learning how to make their own pictures to go with the words,” says Shirley Collier, museum manager.

Bookings for The Highwayman are being taken right up until the October half term.  To book email or ring 01904 613242.

The Quilt Museum and Gallery is based at St Anthony’s Hall, Peasholme Green, York, England YO1 7PW. Website: Opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 10am–4pm. Closed Sundays. Admission charges: adult £6.00, concession £5.00, children free (must be accompanied by an adult). Quilters’ Guild members £3.00. Discounted rates for pre-booked groups of 10 or more people.


For more media information and hi-res images please contact:

Shirley Collier

Museum Manager

The Quilt Museum and Gallery

St Anthony's Hall, Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PW

Tel: 01904 613242