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Textile art at Lancashire Archives

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The history of Horrockses Mill in Preston and how the textile industry inspired art and fashion are just some of the topics that will feature in a special event at Lancashire Archives.

The event, which takes place on Saturday 5 March from 11.30am to 4.30pm at the offices on Bow Lane, Preston, will include a printing workshop, talks about the history of the industry and an exhibition showcasing locally produced textile art.

Visitors will have the opportunity to find out how Horrockses Mill, set up by John Horrocks in 1791, became one of the largest cotton manufacturing sites in the UK.

The mill enjoyed success with Horrockses Fashions, specialising in ready-made cotton wear which was even worn by Her Majesty the Queen.

Victoria McCann, one of Lancashire County Council’s senior archivists, said: “This event gives visitors a chance to listen to talks on the history of the former Horrockses Mill and to find out more about how art and fashion were actually inspired by what was happening in the textile industry.

“There will also be an exhibition featuring some of Horrockses historic records.”

Entry to the event is free, and places are available for the afternoon, but booking is essential.

Funding for the activities has come from the Textile Society, a charity promoting the history, culture and study of textiles, which was set up in 1982.

Lancashire Archives will also be taking part in the Textile Society’s Antique Textile Fair to be held in Manchester the following day, Sunday 6 March.

For further details, or to book a place for the talks, telephone 01772 533039 or email record.office@lancashire.gov.uk

More information about other Lancashire County Council museums is available at www.lancashire.gov.uk/museums

Alternatively visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/archives

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