About this tapestry project

Mount Felix Hospital March 2017
Mount Felix Hospital March 2017

Riverhouse launched this community stitch project in April 2015 to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign, and the role of the Mount Felix Hospital in Walton during that battle and WWI.

The Mount Felix hospital (New Zealand General Hospital 2) was established for soldiers from New Zealand wounded at Gallipoli and later battles.

We researched real life stories of soldiers who were at the hospital. We traced their journey from New Zealand, through the fighting at Gallipoli, to their being wounded and being brought to Mount Felix. We identified three stories of soldiers who met, and fell in love with their future wives, during their time at Mount Felix.

All these stories create a central narrative. This narrative was illustrated by Andrew Crummy who designed the Prestonpans Tapestry (104m long community stitch project in Scotland). His illustrations formed a tapestry of 40 panels stitched by community groups ranging from primary schools to experienced embroiderers.

Andrew joined us to launch the project officially on Anzac Day – 25th April 2015, and from that point groups started work. The finished tapestry will be displayed in the Robert Phillips Gallery in April 2017 before touring the borough.

We provided education packs about the project to schools so that they could learn about the amazing history on their doorsteps, and contribute to the tapestry.

We displayed the Prestonpans Tapestry itself in Autumn 2015 to inspire! Andrew joined us again for a lecture and talk during this time too.