Tracing your Cotton and Wool Mill Ancestors - A One-hour Lecture on 11 July

In 1851, the third most common occupation was working in a mill. If your ancestor was a beamer, a piecer, a tenter, a tackler, a reed maker, a scutcher, or a carder, what did they actually do? What were the working conditions like? How much did they get paid compared to other working class jobs? In this talk, Adèle Emm explains some of the roles and their working conditions.

Adèle is the author of Tracing your Trade and Craftsman Ancestors (Pen and Sword) and My Ancestors worked in Textile Mills (to be published by the SOG), as well as innumerable magazine articles. She is currently working on a genealogical book about women. You can read her blog and visit her website at

A one-hour talk on Wednesday, 11 July (2pm), cost £8.00/£6.40 SoG members. Places should be pre-booked, through our website or by telephone: 020 7553 3290 (Tue-Thu & Sat). Do you have a question? email the events department.

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