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From smocks and tatting to workers’ experiences in the Shrewsbury Flaxmill and the cotton mills of Manchester, a University Centre event this spring will unravel many of the interesting ideas and histories associated with working with fabric.

The ‘Textile Stories Study Day, Working Textiles: Textile Workers’ will take place at Guildhall, University Centre Shrewsbury’s (UCS) learning and research base, on Saturday April 14, from 9.30am to 4pm.

A Study Day focused on textiles, organised by the English Department at the University Chester and UCS, has become a popular annual event.

This year’s event, being held in collaboration with the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings Visitor Centre, Shrewsbury, will explore textiles in relation to work, working people and working practices.

Organiser Professor Deborah Wynne, said: “This will be the sixth Textile Stories Study Day to be run by the English Department, and we’re delighted that the Friends of the Flaxmill will be joining us to host the event this year.

“The Day is designed for anyone interested in textiles and their fascinating stories, so do come along to see talks, displays, stalls and demonstrations examining textiles from many different angles.”

Admission is £25 including lunch and refreshments. To book a place go to: or

For further information email Prof Wynne at or call 01743 297185.

Alternatively, people can visit the reception at Guildhall in Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury (SY3 8HQ), and pay by cheque. The reception is open from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and from 8.30am to 1.30pm on Fridays.

The Study Day is part of a series of events at UCS covering a range of subjects. Many of the events are free, and they are open to everyone. For more details go to

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