Ascott Martyrs Community Project

Ref: C3742347

This course will interest those people with sewing/quilting skills and an interest in the history of the 16 women who became known as the Ascott Martyrs. We are aiming to tell their story in textiles and through a descriptive booklet and promote this work and their story through schools, museums and interested groups.

Course aim

This course aims to complete work started on the Community Textile to Commemorate the Ascott Martyrs. We will also produce a booklet to accompany the textile describing the process and explaining the historical and social context of the work.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Have sewn using Trapunto technique.
  • Hand stitched or machine stitched sections of work together.
  • Participated in backing/completing the overall textile.
  • Contributed words to the booklet.
  • Worked as a group, listening and contributing ideas.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • A knowledge of the story of the Ascott Martyrs would be an advantage but you will have the opportunity to find out about them on this course.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

Download full course outline

Ascott Martyrs Community Project Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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