aim on the Thames Heritage tapestry project is to raise awareness through
learning to encourage active involvement in the River
Thames. Schools along the River Thames are invited to take
part in the Thames Heritage Tapestry, to learn more about
the River and to contribute a metre square, to an artwork
illustrating how the Thames has shaped and now influences
their local communities.
The finished tapestries will
reflect a multifaceted portrait of the Thames from its
source to the sea through the eyes of the children of all
abilities, who live along its banks.
part of the project every school will received a resource
pack. We take a great deal of care in
choosing and sourcing the highest quality yarns, materials
and implements to go in the resource packs we send schools,
and to match them as far as we can to the briefs you have.
We’ve also tried to write clear and helpful instructions
about making a square metre of textural embroidery and to
inspire schools to think about the tapestry’s subject
To help make sure we were
getting it right, we sent questionnaires to each school with
their resource pack to get their initial impressions. The
average results were really encouraging. As a percentage of
the highest possible rating the pack contents scored 93%,
the way in which they were packed 94%, and whether there
were enough materials 81%. The technical instructions scored
88% and the thematic briefing 87%. The overall rating of the
value of the project was 95%.