Badge - 'Names Project', Aids Memorial Quilt, 1993 Object Reg. No: HT 23151

Summary:
Square white badge with quilt-style image made up of smaller images, and inscription ''Names Project, Aids Memorial Quilt'. Made in 1993, it commemorates the 15th anniversary of the march on Washington in 1987.

Collected during the 2005-2006 Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay Transgender Collections Survey, a joint project between Museum Victoria, State Library of Victoria and the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.
The Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt Project was founded in Sydney in 1988 by Andrew Carter and Richard Johnson, and formally launched on World AIDS day, 1 December. The founding 35 quilt panels were displayed with visiting panels from the American Names Project, of which it is part. The Names Project came about in the mid-1980s, when cardboard placards were displayed like a patchwork in memory of people who had died of AIDS at a Candlelight March. Participant Cleve Jones wanted to use the patchwork concept to make a more enduring memorial. The Quilt project was launched in 1987, and had grown to over 25,000 panels by 2009. The project Quilt has spread to more than 27 countries around the world.
In Australia and beyond, the project has become a valuable resource for the promotion of a compassionate and educational dialogue about AIDS. It graphically illustrates the human side of the AIDS epidemic. The Quilt Project is a national registered charity with branches in most states and territories. (Australian AIDS Quilt project)
The 1987 'March on Washington', to which the badge refers, relates to the first display of quilts outside the Washington, DC, in 1987, by which time it had grown to 1,920 panels, covering an area over two football fields in size. Half a million visitors saw the Quilt before it embarked on a national tour.
Description:
Square white badge with quilt-style image made up of smaller images such as a hand with needle and thread, a heart and an eye. Inscriptions above and below in black.
Silver metal with printed surface, with safety pin fastener adhered to back through two holes in grey cardboard backing.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Peter Campbell, 2005
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 78 mm (Height), 53 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: death mourning, acquired immune deficiency syndrome aids, lesbian gay, activism, aids, quilt, making history - gay lesbian collection
Themes this item is part of: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Project, Museum Victoria, 2005-2006, Cultural Diversity Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: CELEBRATIONS & TRADITIONS
Secondary Classification: Death & Mourning
Tertiary Classification: commemoration
Inscriptions: Printed on front: 'NAMES / PROJECT / AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT / 1987.THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON.1993'.
References: Kate Davison, 2006. 'Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Material Survey: Project Report 2006' NOTE: DUE TO A PROGRAMMING FAULT, THIS APPEARS AS 'GOVERNMENT REPORT' WHEN LINKED. EMU IS ADDRESSING THIS PROBLEM; National Association of People Living with AIDS web site http://napwa.org.au (accessed 8/1/2009); William Keys Anderson, 2002. Fever hospital : a history of Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital; Australian AIDS Quilt website http://www.aidsquilt.org.au/history.php, accessed 8/4/2009

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