My Ancestors Worked in Textile Mills

My Ancestors Worked in Textile Mills
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Thu 21 May 2020
1 hour
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Join Adele Emm for a one-hour talk on Those Dark Satanic Mills - Life and Death in the Textile Mill.

The Industrial Revolution irretrievably changed Britain’s landscape. In certain parts of the country, even though hundreds have now been demolished, you cannot escape the sight of mill chimneys on the horizon. In 1851, the textile industry was the third highest employer. By 1861, more than 25% of Lancashire’s population had migrated from elsewhere to find work.

Adele covers:

- Working conditions in textile mills;

- Hours, pay and contracts of employment;

- Working conditions, the dangers faced and the illnesses suffered;

- Differences between working in mills in Yorkshire (wool), Lancashire and Cheshire (cotton), Scotland (jute and cotton) and linen;

- What actually happened during the Cotton Famine (1861-1865) and the repercussions on society.

Adèle Emm is the author of ‘My Ancestors Worked in Textile Mills,’ published by the Society of Genealogists (Dec 2019) and available from our bookshop.

21/05/2020 14:00 - 15:00