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Catch up with all the latest news from Sunny Bank Mills in our blog. We'll keep you posted on our redevelopment, work in the archives, upcoming exhibitions, and everything else going on around the mill.
Weaving the Web
The Archive here at Sunny Bank Mills has been successful in obtaining funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. So, we are starting 2022 working hard to create a wonderful project. The project ‘Weaving the Web’ will be working closely with the students at West Specialist Inclusive Learning Centre Powerhouse. It became clear through the […]
Mr Bells Patterns
In a dark corner of the Archive are a pile of boxes revealing a treasure trove of textile heritage. A window into the designs, fashion and colour of textile production of the 1800s. They are not the cloth that was made here at Sunny Bank Mills but bundles of samples that would have been used […]
At the back of the Archive, I think we can safely say we have the best view of the mill site. We are also the proud owners of this very comfortable bench for our hard-working volunteers to catch a few minute’s break. It’s a great vantage point to watch all the comings and goings at […]
So, you thought all suits were bland and boring. In the collection here in the Archive, we have all manner of fancy suit design for all those fashion conscious people. The cloth produced at Sunny Bank Mills was destined for high-end fashion and so was not your ordinary bland black or blue suits. As […]
Read All About It!
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 […]