Cotton's Dirty Secrets talk

A tour takes place in a gallery
A tour takes place in a gallery
Wednesday 31 August 2011
1.30pm - 2.30pm

Our Active at 60+ group welcome you to the Gallery of Costume for this talk covering the history of cotton production and present day ethical issues.

David Chadwick will spin you a yarn about the hidden stories behind Manchester's success as a centre for cotton. He'll  also tell tales you might prefer not to hear about cotton sold on Market Street today.

Following this one hour talk David will take your questions, you'll have a chance for a closer look at our cotton clothes on display and up close from our study collection, and tea and coffee will be served.

All welcome, we've plenty of space so you don't need to be 60+ this month!


No need to book but if you'd like to get in touch please contact Kate Day.
Tel: 0161 2457245

This event takes place at the Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Wilmslow Road, Manchester,  M14 5LL.


If you are retired or thinking of retiring you can join us, 1.30-3.30pm, on the last Wednesday of every month to take a closer look at the Gallery of Costume's collections, discover something new and catch up on what's happening at Gallery of Costume.

This event is part of the Active at 60+ programme in partnership with Rusholme and Fallowfield Community Forum and funded by the Community Foundation for Greater Manchester and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

About David Chadwick:

David took early retirement in December 2008 and before that worked in museums for almost 30 years.  David worked for Lancashire County Museums Service, initially at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, later managing Gawthorpe Hall and finally becoming Head of Learning and Access for the county-wide service.

With a lifelong interest in textiles and the textile industry, David's knowledge has grown through research for new permanent galleries and managing reminiscence and intergenerational projects.  This provided unique opportunities for David to talk to many people who worked in the industry.

Just before retirement Renaissance NW asked for David's input into its
successful Cultural Olympiad Stories of the World application for funding.  David now works in a freelance capacity as an independent consultant for a
number of NW museums and galleries on Global Threads, the NW Stories of the World project.

If you are 15-25 and would like to be involved in the Stories of the World/Global Threads interpretation project at Gallery of Costume please contact Kate Day, details as above.

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