Arkwright Society Academic Conference
THE WORKERS – MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN – OF THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION AND WHY SOME OF THEM BROKE THE MACHINES!
The fourth Arkwright Society Academic Conference on the Industrial Revolution will take place on Saturday 30 September 2017.
Leading British experts on the Industrial Revolution will set out their views on the time when Britain changed in every way, and especially how workers had to adapt or be left behind.
Was the Industrial Revolution about misery and poverty and the exploitation of children, or did it help the workers earn more, become literate and start to have a political role? What did women do in the metal industries of Sheffield? What happened with machine breakers – were they just scared for their jobs or learning to take political action?
Location of the first successful water-powered cotton spinning machines in the world, we will consider the role of research and development in the Industrial Revolution and look again at the landscape of the Derwent Valley.
Hear also a new angle on Florence Nightingale, who spent some of her life at Lea Hurst, almost next door to the Spinning Mill (now the world famous John Smedley factory) set up by her Great Uncle Peter, just down the road from Cromford Mills.
The price includes a lunch described by previous attendees as ‘far nicer than any Academic Conference we have ever attended’, and a chance to see the Cromford Mills, where successful spinning by water power began for the first time in 1771 and sparked a revolution in the textile industry all over the world. You can also see our widely praised audio-visual display in the First Mill – ‘The Arkwright Experience’.
Booking is simple – ring the Mill! But be quick-the Early Bird booking price is only available till the end of August!
Details of the Conference can be found on the Cromford Mills Website at www.cromfordmills.org.uk , or call Cromford Mills on 01629 823256. Follow us on Facebook: CromfordMills and Twitter @Cromford Mills for updates