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UK AIDS Memorial Quilt on display at St Paul's Cathedral

First public showing in 20 years - 23 November 2016

For the first time in 20 years the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt, was on public display - here at St Paul's on 23 November 2016.

This irreplaceable piece of international social history tells the stories of more than 300 people  lost to the early HIV and AIDS epidemic of the 1980’s and 90’s. 

See images of the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt event with David Furnish and Jay Rayner

Revd Canon Philippa Boardman, St Paul's Treasurer, said: “We warmly welcome the display of the UK AIDS Memorial quilt at the Cathedral. Behind each panel is a profoundly moving story of the courage of each person who died in the early years of HIV/AIDS in this country, and the enduring love of partners, families and friends who continue to remember them.

"As we honour their memory, may we continue to work and pray for those worldwide living with HIV/AIDS today, for their right to treatment and care, dignity and respect.”

Read the Terence Higgins Trust new item of the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt event, with words from Sir Elton John, Jay Rayner, and Dr Gill Brigg's moving story of making a quilt for a school friend

The quilt comprises 48 twelve foot by twelve foot panels, each containing up to 8 smaller panels. Each panel is approximately 4m sq. Every individual panel commemorates someone who died of AIDS and has been lovingly made by friends, lovers or family - many panels are accompanied by emotive testimonials, photos and personal documents telling the story behind the panel.

Amongst the lives remembered are writer Bruce Chatwinartist/film maker Derek Jarmanactor Ian Charleson and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe

Designers involved in the creation of the Quilt include Vivienne Westwood and Rifat Ozbek. 

The UK AIDS Memorial Quilt Conservation Partnership is made up of the following UK HIV charities:

They want to raise awareness of the continuing battle against HIV and AIDS. More people are now living with the condition than ever before and although medical advances in the last 30 years mean that, if diagnosed in time, most people infected will be able to live a full life, societal attitudes have not kept pace and HIV related stigma and discrimination are still far too common.

They also want to raise awareness of a project to conserve the Quilt, some of which is in poor condition., aiming to raise funds to fully restore it, find a suitable permanent home for its storage and display parts of it to educate and inform future generations of its historical importance.