Pride 2011 - AIDS Memorial Quilt - On Display in West End Ward

The AIDS Memorial quilt is currently on display in West End Ward to mark this year's Pride celebrations.

The UK AIDS Memorial Quilt is made up of 48 large panels, each comprising six to eight smaller individual panels. Every individual panel commemorates someone who died with HIV ranging from Freddie Mercury to a three month old baby. Inspired by the World AIDS Memorial Quilt started in 1985 by long-time San Francisco gay rights activist Cleve Jones, the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt was created in the early 90's by The UK Names Project.

The quilt can be seen a t 26 Berwick St for the rest of this week .As well as a creative means of remembrance, the quilt aims to educate people about HIV prevention, fight stigma and bring home the message that this is no time for complacency. The complete AIDS Memorial Quilt now weighs an estimated 54 tonnes and is the largest piece of community folk art in the World. Thousands of individuals have contributed to the Quilt and it is still growing today. Each panel is 3 foot by 6 foot, approximately the size of the average grave.

The quilt can be seen on show from now until 2nd July in a space which has been provided by Shaftsbury Estates to whom I would like to express sincere thanks.

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