AIDS Quilt to be displayed at Farm Street Church

A section of the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt
A section of the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt

Farm Street Church will be among more than a dozen venues across London that will host the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt in events for World AIDS Day on 1 December. Regarded as an irreplaceable piece of international social history, the quilt is made up of hundreds of panels which commemorate the lives of those lost to AIDS, especially at the start of the pandemic, in the 1980s and 90s.

This will be the first public display of the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt in more than 20 years. It will start with an exhibition at St Paul’s Cathedral on November 23, before being displayed at various churches and community centres throughout the capital.

"We warmly welcome the display of the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt at the Cathedral,” says Reverend Canon Philippa Boardman MBE of St Paul's Cathedral. “Behind each panel is a profoundly moving story of the courage of each person who died in the early years of HIV/AIDS in this country, and the enduring love of partners, families and friends who continue to remember them ... As we honour their memory, may we continue to work and pray for those worldwide living with HIV/AIDS today, for their right to treatment and care, dignity and respect."

A memorial book

The AIDS Quilt Trail has been organised by a coalition of charities, which hope it will help people remember those lost to AIDS, raise awareness of HIV to younger generations and help find a permanent home for the UK quilt to ensure its preservation. The charities include George House Trust, Terrence Higgins Trust, Positive East, The Food Chain, Positively UK and Sahir House, with support from Elton John AIDS Foundation and Gilead.

After St Paul’s Cathedral, the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt will visit several London churches, including St John's Bethnal Green, St John's Waterloo and St Anne's Soho, before it arrives at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street. Here, a Mass for World AIDS Day will be celebrated on Thursday 1 December at 6pm. Two quilts will be on display for the public to view at Farm Street until 4 December. They will be on show alongside banners, a small quilt, a pieta silk and memorial book belonging to CAPS, the national HIV charity Catholics for AIDS Prevention and Support.

For more information about the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt Trail, contact info@positivelyuk.org or – to get involved on social media – you can use the hashtag #AIDSQuiltUK