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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.
A day in the life of an Archive Assistant at Sunny Bank Mills
Sally Timmons – Archive Assistant, Sunny Bank Mills From left, Sally photographing mill-workers Wooden Clogs and Wages Book (for both Sunny bank and Belle Vue Mills) from the 1890s, Dashboard Bulb ‘Pin Up’ Packaging from 1950s, Ivy Barron machine-stitched free handwriting on cloth (C. 1950s/60s). As Archive Assistant, my job on Saturdays is to provide […]
The wonders of Tyvek®
Tyvek® is a 100% synthetic material made from high-density spun-bound polyethylene fibers. Lightweight, durable and breathable. Resistant to water, abrasion, bacterial penetration, and ageing. Tyvek® is an amazing material used to improve a variety of applications across multiple industries. The name is a registered trademark of the DuPont company, known for its production of chemicals […]
To Skep or to Skip?
The ordinary and every day before cardboard and plastic everything was carried and transported by wicker baskets. Always handmade. So, what is the difference between a skip and a skep? The below is a skep The below is a skip The difference is simply that a skep has a lid and a skip does not. […]
Stocking Machine, the journey so far …….
Once upon a time, we had a forlorn stocking machine, unloved and unable to move and make anything. It had worked hard all its life used by the Dye department not to make socks or stockings but to create samples of the weave to check the yarn dye. It became a mission to find out […]
The sounds of the Mill
We have many typewriters in the collection here at Sunny Bank Mills Archive. The majority would have been used in the main office for vital communication to customers and trade. They have a distinct sound and would have made a cacophony of tapping and dings as the speed of the typist would carry out their […]
“Mauve madness” in Mr Bell’s Patterns
The archive volunteers have been working on preserving Mr Bell’s patterns, a collection of bundles of fabric samples from various sources used to inspire new designs at the mill (see the previous post). Many of the bundles were labelled with dates, going back to the 1840s, from which we are able to glean a sense […]
A day in the life of… The Archive Assistant at Sunny Bank Mills
In May 2021 I was delighted to be part of a new initiative – to create weekend access for visitors to the Sunny Bank Mills Archive. One of the first little nuggets I received in my new role (from the Archive’s curator and greatest aficionado – Rachel Moaby) was how to wake up and say […]
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 […]