Celebrating World AIDS Day, an extract of Memorial Quilt panels will be displayed by METRO Charity at Woolwich Library, with a preview for guests held on 2nd December, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm.
The UK AIDS Memorial Quilt is a precious artefact. Each of the panels commemorates lives lost to the AIDS epidemic during the 1980s and 90s. It is a public sharing of the names of loved ones lost, and a memorial for the many who died and went unnamed too. For the first time since 1994, some of the panels will be on public display in a number of community venues across London.
The UK Quilt is part of an international movement that sought to raise awareness of the impact of the AIDS epidemic and ensure that these lives would never be forgotten. It is both a shout of protest at the needless loss of life, and a celebration of the lives commemorated. It is a reminder that HIV is still with us and that lives are still lost. It is a call to action to challenge HIV stigma and support those living with HIV today.
The UK AIDS Memorial Quilt partnership is a coalition of HIV charities that have come together to find a permanent home for the Quilt, ensure its conservation, and make it available to this and future generations as an important part of our response to HIV in the UK.
The panels at Woolwich Library are open to all visitors 3rd to 11th December: Monday 9:00am–7:00pm / Tuesday 9:00am–5:30pm / Wednesday 9:00am–5:30pm / Thursday 9:00am–7:00pm / Friday 9:00am–5:30pm / Saturday 9:00am–5:00pm / Sunday 12:00pm–4:00pm
The quilt panels are in exhibition in 13 venues across London.