Textiles Tales, an exciting project led by Nottingham Trent University supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund
The Textile Tales Project led by Nottingham Trent University has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £70k for an exciting heritage project across the East Midlands. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project engages communities in the East Midlands – the historic heart of the UK’s textile industry.
With a group of four museums, two universities and businesses, Textile Tales will run a series of ‘road-shows’ to gather oral history interviews from former textile employees. The project wants to re-connect now dispersed groups of workers from the period 1980 – 2005 which saw turmoil as the industry rapidly contracted. We want to hear from everyone involved from dyers and machine operators, workers and management from the boardroom to the shop floor, who lived through this period as we are planning to save and share these stories for future generations.
There will be ‘road-show’ events across the region and our first event in our Textile Tales roadshow van will be on
Friday 6th September where we will be visiting Long Eaton between 11- 3pm. We will be parked in the car park at
Long Eaton Art Room Community Arts Centre, 29-31 Lime Grove, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 4LD
For the rest of September we will be out and about in other textile communities and will be visiting :
- 13th September – 10:00-15:00 – Strutts North Mill, Bridge Foot, Belper, DE56 1YD
- 20th September – 10:00-15:00 – The Ashbrook Centre, Ashbrook Avenue, Borrowash, Derby, DE72 3JE
There will be other events too so visit our website textiletales.co.uk to see where we will be and to find out what happened at our roadshows.
Supported through The National Lottery Heritage Fund and by the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters, the project will share all the insights from the textile stories collected through the new project website textiletales.co.uk. Future generations will be able to learn much from their heritage, including skills that are becoming scarce in the parts of the industry that still exist. In the 1980s these workers protested to save the industry – now their stories deserve to be shared.
Our phone line is not working at the moment. We are switching to a cloud based phone and there seems to be an issue with switching our phone number over. For the time being we have a temporary number until our own number is linked properly. If you need to get in touch you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or please ring us on our temporary number: 0115 8742322. We will do another update as soon as our normal number is back up and running. So sorry for any inconvenience.
Long Eaton Art Room turns 13 in April 2019.
We are throwing open our doors for a huge family fun day. Saturday 13th April. 10AM – 3PM
Learn all about the Long Eaton Art Room, see our facilities, try crafts, drink tea and chat. There will be lots of different craft activities to have a go at, something for all ages and abilities including:
Paint a Pot
Easter themed Pom-Poms
Play with Clay
Entry will be free for all but there will be a small fee for all activities to cover materials costs. All funds raised will go towards essential building renovations.
Refreshments will be available all day. Fully accessible to all for the open day.
We have received funding from HEN to run 12 sessions on printmaking with an emphasis on wellbeing.
The course will be 12 half day sessions covering a range of basic printmaking techniques, it will be totally free for those 12 sessions. Commencing Tuesday 30th April 2019 10am-12pm
Limited to eight participants booking is essential.
This 12 week course is aimed at beginners to enable you to build up knowledge and confidence about printmaking in a supported friendly atmosphere. We aim to encourage you to explore, and experiment with the following techniques:
Lino Printing and
We are looking for participants who can commit to all 12 sessions and will benefit from the therapeutic aspects of arts work with a view to those who have enjoyed the workshops possibly continuing the journey in paid sessions after the free 12 sessions end.
Email to apply for places:
We are selling off some of our stocks of fabric to help fundraise towards building renovations.
We have lots of amazing quality stock including: real leather off-cuts, upholstery fabric roll ends, hundreds of fabric samples and off cuts, lace, lace trims, wool on cones and in balls, cushion stuffing, marino wool and more
Open 9.30-2.00 Saturday 30th March 2019
Entry free for all, come and bag a bargain
Over the summer holiday one of our resident artists will be delivering drop in printmaking workshops.
These are aimed at ages 3-11.
All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.
Places are £5 per participant per session.
We are now taking bookings for our summer holiday workshops.
These are open to all ages and abilities unless stated otherwise.
Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. Its free to accompany a child unless you want to participate. Adults are not only welcome but encouraged to have a go at the workshops themselves too.
Workshops cost £7.50 per participant including all materials
Places are limited to 10 so booking is essential.
Email email@example.com to book your places or ring 0115 9461661
Our Friday club will not be running on Friday the 13th and the Friday 20th July due to holidays.
It will be back running again on 27th July
We look forward to seeing you all.