Working Lives in the Factories and Mills: Textile History and Heritage: Textile heritage of the factory workers
Posted 4 months 19 days ago by University of Strathclyde
Learn how textile workersâ€™ lives evolved alongside the textile industry
On this course, youâ€™ll explore the relationship between textile factory labour in the past and British industrial heritage today.
Youâ€™ll delve into a fascinating period of development for one of Britainâ€™s key industries and discover how workersâ€™ lives changed throughout the Victorian period, as they adjusted to new professional identities, workplaces and technology.
Through video, youâ€™ll be introduced to four different millworkersâ€™ heritage sites: New Lanark, Stanley Mills in Perthshire, Verdant Works in Dundee and Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire, as you explore their history.
This course is designed for anyone interested in working-class history and literature, the Victorian period, industrial heritage or museums, and those exploring family or local histories related to this industry.
- Discuss the range of activities involved in working in textile factories in the long nineteenth century, and how these changed during the period covered by the course.
- Assess representations of working lives in textile factories and surviving texts and artefacts from the period, and discuss how they relate to wider questions of class, gender, and professional identity.
- Compare written and oral material on workersâ€™ lives within the appropriate historical and material contexts.
- Engage online and other archives in order to locate material relevant to the history of textile factories and workersâ€™ lives.
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