A Quilt of Remembrance was launched at WAVE Trauma Centre in Ballymoney by Victims Commissioner Kathryn Stone, displaying events that took place during the conflict in Northern Ireland on both sides of the community, starting in the late 60s until the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement in 1998.
Over 100 people attended the event last week in the Centre at Castlecroft.
Victims Commissioner Kathryn Stone embraced the importance of storytelling projects in all shapes to remember lost ones and traumatic events as well as passing on experiences to future generations.
All over the world, quilt making has a long tradition as a tool for remembering the wounds of conflict and psychological trauma: In Peru, India, Zimbabwe, Northern Ireland and many other places, groups created quilts to tell their story of hardship and to bear witness to situations that should be remembered.
WAVE Trauma Centre is a cross-community organisation that provides care and support to anyone bereaved, injured or traumatised through the Troubles and through current sectarianism, and those who care for them.
The project took four years to complete, facilitated by Quilt-Expert Rosemarie McGrath and WAVE Outreach Worker Velma Irvine.
“The Quilt of Remembrance tells the story of individuals who suffered because of the conflict on this island, but who also gained strengths by sharing their experiences with each other on a cross-community level,” said WAVE Project Manager Sonja Tammen. “It is a powerful testimony for peace.”
Several funders supported the project: Ballymoney Borough Council, Coleraine Borough Council, Inner Wheel Ballymoney, Community Relations Council and the Victims and Survivors Service through OFMDFM. Ballymoney Borough Council Good Relations also funded the quilt booklet and the launch. During the Community Relations Week on 17th June, another launch of the quilt is planned at Stormont, co-hosted by the MLAs Mervyn Storey (DUP) and John Dallat (SDLP). The quilt is displayed at WAVE Trauma Centre in Ballymoney. If groups or individuals want to see it, please contact 02827669900 to arrange a viewing.