Material facts wanted for lace project

People are being asked to take part in a project to celebrate Erewash’s industrial heritage .

Funded by the Arts Council of England, the two-year project is run in conjunction with Ilkeston Ormiston Academy, Erewash Borough Council and Erewash Partnership.

It will explore different art forms reflecting the borough’s history based on the ages of coal, metal and lace.

The organisers want people who worked in the lace industry to go along to sessions and tell their stories.

Lace-making in the borough centered on Long Eaton, and at its peak the industry lace factories in the town employed half of the working population.

By the first decade of the 20th century there were almost 1,400 lace machines in the town, employing 4,000 people. The industry declined after the First World War.

Workshops will take place at Erewash Museum and at the Academy’s King George Gallery in King George Street, Ilkeston.

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