Museum’s got it covered.

The oldest quilt in existence – a patchwork coverlet made in 1718 – will be displayed at Bath’s American Museum in Britain to mark its 300th anniversary.


1718 Patchwork coverlet. American Museum in Britain (1)
The coverlet dating from 1718.


The coverlet will be joining the Museum’s own world-renowned textile collection this year. This collection has over 250 quilts and is acclaimed as the finest of its type in Europe and the equal of many premier collections in the United States.

Chief Curator, Kate Hebert, said ‘We’re delighted to display the 1718 Coverlet at the American Museum. It’s a huge honour to be the only location in the South of England where you’ll be able to see the 1718 Coverlet this year.

This is a unique opportunity to see this treasure of The Quilters’ Guild collection alongside our renowned quilt collection.’

The coverlet will be on display during normal opening hours from 10th April until 29th July.