Richmond residents have collaborated on a community quilt, as an artefact of life under lockdown.

The quilt is made of 42 separate patchwork pieces, each representing the emotions and experiences of the resident who created it.

Serving as a lasting memorial of what life was like in Richmond upon Thames during the early part of the pandemic, the work is on display in the Museum of Richmond.

Sue Brown and Jenny Mitchell spent hours stitching the different pieces together, in a space provided by the Landmark Arts Centre before the January lockdown.

Ms Brown said: “I think it’s an amazing project and is a unique piece made by our local community commemorating a strange time in our history.”

Although the Museum of Richmond is currently closed to the public - to comply with national lockdown - the quilt creators have shared videos and photos of their work.

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They hope to remind other residents of the strong sense of community and hope that exists within the borough during difficult times.

Cllr Nancy Baldwin, who was the Mayor of Richmond when she created the project, said:

“It’s wonderful to see this lasting memorial proudly on display in the Museum of Richmond. I know from speaking to everyone who created a patchwork piece that it was a wonderful, creative and highly personal way to reflect on everything that happened last year.

“I hope it helps future generations understand some of the things that were felt and experienced by the people of Richmond during the first lockdown.

“I encourage everyone to visit the Museum as soon as it re-opens to contemplate and enjoy this unique historical artefact.”