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Being a volunteer at the Sunny Bank Archive involves many different activities. As well as conserving and cataloguing the artefacts, there is always plenty of research to be done. Recently, the volunteers have been searching through old copies of the Pudsey and Stanningley News newspaper in preparation for this year’s Heritage Open Days. With the […]
Stories from the Mill canteen, tea breaks and fuddles – Heritage Open Days 2021
The theme of Heritage Open Days this year is Edible England and this got us thinking of the many gatherings and stories around food that the Mill could share. It was hard work, working in a textile mill and this meant food and drink were important to keep you going. The Mill canteen was […]
In the corridor leading to the Archive, there is a wonderful painting by Mel Davies inspired by the life and time of W C Gaunt or Billy Gaunt as he was better known. W C Gaunt was a multi-millionaire and mill owner of Sunny Bank Mills from 1917 – 1929. Billy Gaunt was a colourful […]
Volunteers and the Dye Garden
At the back of the Archive, we have a dye garden with dye plants that would have been used in the Mill during the time Edwin Woodhouse was the mill owner. Before the onset of synthetic dyes, natural dyes were used in the textile industry. Such as the dye logwood which is made for the […]
Material Matters Artist in Residence: Jenny Handley #2
Jenny shares some more ongoing research
Material Matters Artist in Residence: Jenny Handley
Jenny shares some of initial research as she begins her residency.
W C Gaunt
In 1917 William C Gaunt, the wool tycoon bought Sunny Bank Mills from James Ives & Company as part of a rapid expansion during the First World War. He now owned mills throughout the world. W C Gaunt was larger than life character in his day, becoming a millionaire businessman owning many mills but also with an interest […]
Time cards are not a new invention – they’ve been around for hundreds of years, helping managers to track employee working hours and pay them the relevant amount of money. 19th Century – The 1800s saw a huge surge in the number of people working in factories and mills, as a result of the Industrial […]
Mechanics and pressure gauges
Although the Mill has not been able to keep the large machinery that was used in the manufacture of the cloth we have got a few of the vital elements and mechanical parts that would have been used in the Mill. The mechanic’s department would have been an important area of the Mill. To create […]