Lace workers invited to share memories as part of nationally important project

Curators at Nottingham City Council’s museums are looking for former, or even current, lace workers to help them learn more about their nationally important lace collection.

Anyone who is willing to share memories and stories or bring along photographs or objects related to the lace industry, especially in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire, is invited to a roadshow at Long Eaton Art Room, Lime Grove, Long Eaton from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 21 October.  If they would like to, people can donate items to the collection or just lend photographs to the curators so they can make copies.

The roadshow is part of the Lace Unravelled project which is studying Nottingham’s lace collection, designated as a collection of national importance by Arts Council England in 2014.  Another roadshow will take place in Nottingham early next year.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “We’re trying to get vital information about this important part of our heritage from the people who actually worked in the industry.  We would be extremely grateful if anyone wanted to donate a photograph or item to the collection, but that’s not necessary if people just want to come along and show us their memorabilia or share their stories.”

More information about the Arts Council England-funded Lace Unravelled project is available at www.nottinghamcastle.org.uk/behindthescenes-blog.

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