Preserving Textile Workers’ Life Stories for Future Generations
We want to hear your stories
Did you work in the East Midlands textile industry during 1980 – 2005?
Share your stories with the Textile Tales project team
Welcome to Textile Tales
We want to hear from everyone, from dyers, machine operators, workers and management, from the boardroom to the shop floor. In the 1980s, workers protested to save the industry and these stories deserve to be shared.
We are collecting stories and photos at our roadshow events and as we gather more information we will publish it here for all to see and share. The project will share all the findings, including skills that are becoming scarce in the parts of the industry that still exist.
Sponsored by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters and supported by partnership museums, universities, businesses and East Midlands History and Heritage.
With thanks to our Project Sponsors and Partners
John Smedley & Textile Tales
John Smedley and Textile Tales
Textile Tales at Mansfield Museum – Picture Gallery. 26th July 2019
See some of our pictures of our day at Mansfield Musuem
Mansfield Museum Textile Tales Day
Discover what we heard from our Textile Tales roadshow in Mansfield
Ruddington Textile Tales Roadshow Picture Gallery 28th June 2019
Our first roadshow at Ruddington Knitters Framework Museum. Lots of stories and photos being shared.
Our first event at Framework Knitters Museum
Find out about the stories we heard at our Textile Tales Day in Ruddington
Ruddington Cassette Hoard at Ruddington Framework Knitters’ Museum
Discover what we found on the cassettes from the Ruddington Framework Knitters Library
Visit our East Midlands Textile Tales Roadshows
We are running roadshow events at our partner museums and out and about in textile communities in our roadshow van. We will publish all our dates on the website and on twitter and facebook so please follow us and pass on the word.
Come and join us to meet others who worked in the industry and share your stories. We’d love to meet you.
Textile Tales Project Film Screening of Mills, Machines and Memories at Mansfield Museum.
Mon, 16 Sep – Mon, 16 Sep 2019 11am
Textile Tales Project Film Screening: The Lacemakers – The Forgotten Story of English Lace
Wed, 18 Sep – Wed, 18 Sep 2019 16.00pm – 18.00pm
A chance to see Edward Jarvis’ film The Lacemakers.
Share your Textile Tales with us in Borrowash
Fri, 20 Sep – Fri, 20 Sep 2019 11am – 3pm
Textile Tales in Loughborough – watch this space
Fri, 27 Sep – Fri, 27 Sep 2019 TBC
We will be out and about in our van on 27th September in the Loughborough / Shepshed area so watch…
Erewash Museum Textile Tales Event
Fri, 25 Oct – Fri, 25 Oct 2019 11am – 3pm
World Heritage Discovery Day at John Smedley Ltd – Booking Essential
Wed, 30 Oct – Wed, 30 Oct 2019 Am and pm slots available
Textile Tales at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham
Fri, 22 Nov – Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11am – 4pm