American Museum in Britain


From The Quilt Journal - An International Review, Vol. 3, No. 1.


By: Betterton, Shiela

Editor Notes: Shiela Betterton draws a profile of The American Museum in Britain, where she was for many years, Textile and Needlework Specialist. The Museum is an outpost of American folk and formal culture in the place where much of it originated. She has concentrated for The Quilt Journal on the Museum's textile, and particularly quilt, collections. Included is basic information on the Museum's location, hours, collections, facilities for scholars, etc. This is the second in what will be a continuing series of profiles in The Quilt Journal of museums outside the United States with interesting quilt collections.

Author Notes: Shiela Betterton, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, hasbeen associated for 30 years with the American Museum in Britain, the last 19 as its Textile and Needlework Specialist, with a particular interest in quilts. She was born in Northumberland, England, and, she notes, "always slept under quilts." She was intrigued, on a trip to America in 1963,to discover its quilting tradition. She began patchwork andq uilting research then, and has continued it around the world ever since. Ms. Betterton lectures in England and abroad on the subject, and has written six books on textiles in the Museum's collection. She has also collaborated on many other publications in the field.