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Necklace of Stars Exhibition Chesterfield Library

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Visit Chesterfield Library to view a beautifully crafted quilt that has been contributed by people in Derbyshire.

On display 8th December 2022 – 31st January 2023

A Necklace of Stars celebrates childhood and the night sky in words, song and stitches. The project is a testimony to the power of human connection and creativity in the face of lockdowns and isolation. All of the embroidered stars have now been brought together to create a beautiful quilt
which is being exhibited around Derbyshire’s cultural venues, alongside a catalogue of poems and a lullaby soundtrack.


Exhibition dates and venues:

  • Ashbourne Library: 27th April – 31st May 2022
  • Derby Museum of Making: 6th June – 31st August 2022
  • Erewash Museum, Ilkeston: 3rd September – 28th September 2022
  • Buxton Museum & Art Gallery: 28th September – 6th December 2022
  • Chesterfield Library: 8th December 2022 – 31st January 2023
  • Derbyshire Record Office, Matlock: From February 2023 (final date still tbc)

Listen to the lullabies:
Download the digital catalogue:

Lois Blackburn, artist: ​​
Matt Hill, songwriter:
Poet Phil Davenport’s reflections on the project:

Images and writing from the project:

A Necklace of Stars is an Arts Council England supported collaboration between Arts
Derbyshire, DCC Public Health, Derbyshire Library Services and artists Lois Blackburn,
Philip Davenport and Matt Hill.

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