Our visit to Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills unearthed a tailoring gallery which explores how Leeds helped to launch high street fashion through the work of pioneers including John Barran, Joseph Hepworth and Montague Burton. The exhibition spaces showcase a range of machinery from mills across Yorkshire, explaining to visitors how the woollen cloth was produced.
The museum basement houses a collection of objects from hand operated Singer sewing machines to a range of wallpaper printing blocks. Travelling to the store in a vintage lift certainly gives you a sense of the mill and its history.
Community Curator Chris Sharp, himself a fantastic printmaker, showed us the wonderful blocks stored at the museum. The intricate designs allow repeat patterns to be printed to create lengths of wallpaper, a popular feature of the Victorian home.
The museum was our first research visit in response to textile production and migration in Leeds so we were interested to find some hand carved text in Hebrew nestled in a antique cabinet.