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The unthinkable rise and fall of textile industry; COLNE VALLEY.

CORNUCOPIA 3 - Mills Past and Present - an exhibition focusing on the history of the textile industry in the valley currently running at Colne Valley Museum - is proving popular with visitors of all ages.

The last exhibition of the museum's varied programme this year charts the development of the mills in the valley, which overturned the domestic textile industry almost overnight, when the independent skilled weavers of the hillside villages such as Golcar, suddenly found they could not compete with the power looms being set up in the huge 'manufactories' in the valley below.

Using photographs, evidence from the workers of the time, newspaper reports, and many original documents, this exhibition looks back at:

The amazing architecture of the 19th century mills.

The horror of child slavery on which the wealthy textile industry depended.

The struggle of a few radical people of the time to improve the workers' lot.

The variety of skilled textile jobs.

The industry's unthinkable decline and what happened to the towering testaments to industrial wealth and importance left empty and derelict by the middle of the 20th century.

Visitors who have their own memories of working in the textile industry are being encouraged to share their experiences and contribute to this fascinating collection of local history.

The CORNUCOPIA exhibition runs until Sunday November 23 at the museum which opens Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 2 to 5pm.

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LEARNING CURVE: Colne Valley Museum volunteer Anne Hemingway (centre) with visitors to the CORNUCOPIA 3 - Mills Past and Present - an exhibition focusing on the history of the textile industry in the valley. The fascinated youngsters are Aimie (left) and Chloe Washington-Smith who are seen insepecting a textile shuttle, one of the many exhibits on display at the last exhibition of the year at the Golcar museum Picture by Andy Catchpool (AC261008Fcvmus-02)
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Nov 8, 2008
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