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Exhibition: For the love of cotton

In this exhibition we will explore the story of the past, present and future of the cotton textile industry in the North West and the world

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Before the Industrial Revolution, making clothes was slow. People would make their own clothes, in small quantities and would wear them for a long period of time, repeatedly repairing them. They were patched, resized, remade, and handed down until there was nothing left to use.

The Industrial Revolution saw a rapid change in the pace in the production of textiles, the growth of cotton and technological advancements within mills, and faster transport. This meant there were more options for people in all levels of society and is the starting point in the story of how we consume clothes today.

In this exhibition we will explore the story of the past, present and future of the cotton textile industry in the North West and the world, the human drive for fashion and ‘faster, easier, cheaper’ clothes, and the global, environmental and societal impacts that had and continues to have today.

Admission charges apply. Free entry for National Trust Members.

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This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

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The basics

Suitability

suitable for children of all ages

Meeting point

The exhibition will be hosted on the fourth floor of the mill

What to bring and wear

This is an indoor event

Accessibility

The space is accessible by lift.

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