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Children show influence of the mighty Thames in tapestry display

130 square metres of tapestry created by 60,000 children, reflecting how the River Thames has shaped the communities through which it flows, is to go on display at St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

The Thames Heritage Tapestry will be on display in the cathedral’s south transept from July 3 until September 27.

More than 200 primary and special educational needs schools from the source of the river in Gloucestershire to the estuary in Essex and Kent have been involved in creating the tapestry, each creating a one square metre piece of textural embroidery.

The artwork has been made possible by the Millennium Tapestry Company, a not-for-profit organisation, in partnership with the Thames Heritage Trust. The project has been awarded the Inspire Mark by LOCOG, meaning it is officially recognised as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Celebrations.

Funding of the tapestry has been made possible through grants from the City Bridge Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund, Ernest Cook Trust and Hemraj Goyal Foundation, as well as several other trusts and organisations.

Lizzie Owen, Chief Executive of The Millennium Tapestry Company: "The Thames Heritage Tapestry project is a totally joyful celebration of everything that makes the river so iconic. It is purely educational and wholly inclusive, providing everyone involved with a basis for acquiring new skills that will lead on to a lifelong learning adventure.”

Paul Coleman, Chairman of the Thames Heritage Trust: "The finished tapestry is 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.”

Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South East England Stuart McLeod: "This imaginative project has mobilised thousands of children and their families to tell the ever-flowing tale that links thousands of communities both physically and throughout history.”

Clare Thomas, Chief Grants Officer of the City Bridge Trust: "The Trust is delighted to be supporting the Thames Heritage Tapestry project. We have seen the work produced by young people in previous schemes run by the Millennium Tapestry Company, which are quite inspirational, and fully expect the same this time round. The finished work offers offer a unique and engaging view of the Thames from children's perspectives.”

The tapestry will be available to view for all visitors to the cathedral.
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