A recent visit to Cambridge brought a surprising treat. I popped by the Fitzwilliam Museum to discover the most beautiful “Sampled Lives” Exhibition showcasing a stunning curated collection of Antique English Needlework Samplers.
A trip to Rossendale in Lancashire means many things to me. It’s a place where I feel at ‘Home’. I catch up with my family and now and again I revisit aspects of the industrial heritage and it’s textiles stories that had sparked my love of textiles, many years ago. I remember family tales from the Cotton Mills – of clogs sparking on cobbles, the Mee Mawing Language of Weavers and my great-aunt explaining how she used to thread a shuttle. Helmshore Cotton Mill is one of the last remaining Mills in the Rossendale Valley where you can truly experience the full glory of original machinery in working order.
This video is from a recent visit and shows some beautiful working Carding, Roving & Spinning machines. It’s noisier than you might think!
A little bonus for you are the fabulous Fulling Machines showing how Military Wool Cloth was made.
If you have memories or family stories from the Mills, I’d love to hear them. Please share them below.
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Do you know your pins? Here’s a little visit through some of the pins in my own collection.
How many names do you know? What the large pin was used for? Share your thoughts below.
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