Exhibitions

Signature Quilt

Com­mem­o­rat­ing Aus­tralian women first in their field, 342 sig­na­tures form a patch­work of empowerment. 

The Sig­na­ture Quilt is a mas­sive 3.152.55 m exam­ple of wom­en’s sol­i­dar­i­ty in cel­e­brat­ing achievements. 

Many thou­sands of hours went into its cre­ation and research is con­tin­u­ing to this day into the lives of women who signed it.

The Sig­na­ture Quilt holds 342 sig­na­to­ries form­ing a Patch­work of Empowerment.

The cal­i­co rec­tan­gles are signed by Aus­tralian women who have record­ed firsts or sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ments in their fields of endeav­our. The alter­nate patch­es of pat­terned fab­ric were select­ed to illus­trate the sig­na­to­ries pro­fes­sion or achievement.

It was con­ceived of and assem­bled by vol­un­teers from this muse­um as from 2000 — 2004, and launched to much fan­fare on Inter­na­tion­al Wom­en’s Day in 2004.

Click here to explore the Sig­na­ture Quilt.

Read the sto­ries of the women sig­na­to­ries and learn about the com­plex con­ser­va­tion require­ments of such a large and sig­nif­i­cant textile.

We are con­tin­u­ing to add infor­ma­tion about the women sig­na­to­ries. If you have fur­ther infor­ma­tion about any of these women, please feel free to email us.