Carlisle’s Textile Revolution


 “Uncovering Carlisle’s Textile Revolution” is our project exploring Carlisle’s textile industry from the 1700’s, looking at how the major changes in technology and transportation made Carlisle into one of the country’s major textile towns.

This project has been made possible by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Over the last few months, 4 different groups have been working on artwork for two exhibitions, one at Carlisle Library and the other at Whitehaven Library.

The exhibition in Whitehaven Library is open until 3rd Oct 2019.

The artwork has been created by students from Distington Community School inspired by Whitehaven’s transport revolution from sail to rail and how it contributed to the growth of Carlisle’s textile industries during the Industrial Revolution.

The exhibition at Carlisle Library is open until Jan 2020.

The artwork has been created by members of Prism Arts’ Creative Arts and Conversations group for older people and stroke survivors, Prism Arts Studio Arts as well as students from Distington Community School and Upperby Primary School. These four groups have been inspired by the story of Carlisle’s Textile Industry from the 1700’s, how the changes in technology and transportation made Carlisle into one of the country’s major textile towns.

The next phase of the programme will see the creation of a performance inspired by the research.

Organisations supporting the project work include Linton Tweeds, Farfield Mill, Sedbergh, Carlisle & Whitehaven Libraries and the Beacon Museum, Whitehaven.  All will be offering their time, knowledge and access to buildings and services.

Blogs –
Upperby Primary School
Creative Arts and Conversations
Distington Community School 

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