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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.
Reduce, reuse, recycle. Sustainability was always part of West Yorkshires textile heritage and Sunny Bank Mills is no exception. In business, you never know what is around the corner and in this ever-changing pandemic world, this is very clear to see. The textile production at Sunny Bank Mills is no exception and has weathered many […]
The stocking machine was invented in 1589 producing a stocking stitch. Knitted fabrics are constructed by the interlocking of a series of loops made from one or more yarns, with each row of loops caught into the previous row; the stocking frame allowed the production of a complete row of loops at one time. The […]
Our dye robot in the Archive
Well not really a robot but a controller for the dye vessel but look at that face! The dyeing process is similar to cooking; you need both a list of ingredients in various quantities (ie wool, dyestuffs and chemicals) and you need to follow a set method. Once the initial ingredients are in the dye […]
Archive Community Accreditation
We have had some brilliant news to cheer us up in these hard times. The Sunny Bank Mills Archive has achieved Accreditation through the West Yorkshire Archive Service. This is great news for the Archive and the collection. It means we are striving to a standard of care for the collection and the continued […]
Suit Silhouettes Over the Years What happened to all the mill’s fabric? Geographically the fabrics went far and wide. Made into a vast array of suit designs. The suit industry boomed until the end of the seventies. Suits were worn daily. With different styles for different occasions. This blog post focuses on the evolution of […]
Thank you to all our volunteers for all their hard work, support and patience at this difficult time. They help with all aspects of care and research of the Archive and events and school trips. Their invaluable thoughts and ideas are gratefully appreciated. Over the years we have been on many ‘school trips’ to investigate […]
Install Week: The Potential of Pattern
Find out about install week in the Gallery from University of Leeds placement Kirstie Payne!
The 1970’s: what were we wearing and what was the mill making. The 1970’s are often looked back on as a time of misery in comparison to the swinging sixties. There were many hardships including the miner strikes and oil crisis but life carried on for families. By the end of the 1970’s families were […]