Valerie Cavill Receives History Award
4th November 2022
At the 2022 History Council of WA Awards, held on 25th October, Valerie Cavill, Leader of the Guild’s Historical Textile Collection Group, received the award in the highest category for people making a significant contribution to the history of Western Australia by an individual.The citation stated:
“Valerie Cavill is a deserving winner of this award as her work in collecting, preserving and advocating for the place of needle art in the canon of Western Australian history is critical. The collection and associated histories that it articulates are vital to a deeper understanding of this often-overlooked aspect of the domestic and material culture of WA. It is especially important as much of the work represents the hidden products of women's domestic space and rituals. Valerie Cavill, through her dedication, and willingness to learn and explore her subject and thereby amass and preserve a collection of international significance is a worthy winner for this outstanding contribution to the history of Western Australia and its people."
It was a complete surprise to Valerie when her name was announced! It is only the second time that this award has been given. Congratulations Valerie! We at the Guild could not be more proud, and we are so grateful for the dedicated work of you and your team.
Pictured is Valerie being presented with her award by last year’s winner Lenore Layman.