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NI Scrubs and NI Big Community Sew Exhibition

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About the event

Come along to Millennium Court to experience The Story of COVID Stitchers! exhibition from Thursday 10th-Thursday 31st August.

During covid a group of over 9,000 stitchers, volunteers and supporters joined forces to create over 106,000 items for the front line and over 70,000 face coverings for the vulnerable.

It was a mammoth effort of pulling together thousands of people to sew scrubs, scrub hats and gowns for hospitals, hospices, care homes and other caring professionals.

The brainchild of Clara Maybin at the start of the first lockdown, when nursing and care staff were facing shortages, it grew from an appeal to become an army of 9,000 sewers, including Great British Sewing Bee contestant, Angeline Murphy.

In addition, a total of £75,000 was raised to purchase the material to make the items.

It was a great campaign that helped more than just the front-line staff. It helped thousands of stitchers rediscover their skills, meet new friends and give back to society.

This exhibition of patchwork quilts tells a story of the Covid Days and what it meant for the sewing volunteers. Each patch represents a stitcher or a volunteer and was lovingly pieced together to create these stunning wall hangings.

This exhibition reflects positivity on a time that was filled with so much uncertainty and anxiety for the community.


Where is it taking place?

Millennium Court
3-5 William Street
BT62 3NX


Fully accessible

When is it taking place?

Thursday 10th-Thursday 31st August.
The exhibition will be open weekdays, Monday to Friday 10am-4.00pm.

Price and do you need to book?

Free, no booking required

Contact details

T:    0044 28 38350935






Additional information:

This event is a part of August Craft Month with Craft NI, Northern Ireland’s celebration of craft. Summer 2023 will mark the 17th annual August Craft Month with makers all across Northern Ireland getting involved.



All August Craft Month events are run independently by the event organisers. For questions regarding this event please contact the event organiser directly.

Event Details

Maker: Millennium Court

Starts: Thu 10 Aug at 10:00 am

Ends: Thu 31 Aug at 4:00 pm

Craft Type: Textile Making

Event Location: Armagh

Event Type: Exhibition

Price: Free