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Weave and Spin! – Celebrate Mother’s Day and International Women’s Day at Bradford Industrial Museum


Mar 10 2024


11:00 am - 3:00 pm

About The Event


Bradford Industrial Museum
235 Moorside Rd, Eccleshill, Bradford BD2 3HP

Join the Weaving Gallery volunteers and handmade knitwear to peruse and buy with Bradford Guild of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers.

This International Women’s Day, we remember the ladies (and children) in our mills, the backbone of the textile industry – hear the real voices and memories of mill workers from the Heritage Recording Unit, Bradford Museums and Galleries.

Drop in, have a chat with our very friendly volunteers, and perhaps have a try yourself at some spinning or weaving, completely free! Bask in the sounds and atmosphere of a real woollen mill and celebrate.

See the Buttercross Belles Morris dancers who dance Northwest style, originating from the mill towns, using bobbins and spindles. They often represent the movement of the machinery. Their outfits are suffragette colours of green, white, and purple. Ladies/women Morris groups often danced at suffragette meetings. They later struggled to be recognised in the 1970s folk revival due to it being considered a male-only tradition.

Will provide a unique event space in the museum selling their signature ethically sourced, fresh roasted coffee, cake, and sausage rolls from Ilkley. Two sisters who met with a coffee expert in Haworth sharing a passion for ethically produced coffee from small farmers worldwide.

Collect your FREE limited edition International Women’s Day 2024 bookmark from our volunteer printers in the letterpress gallery.

Visit the Mill Owner’s House with Mrs Moore, the Mill Owner’s wife, as she welcomes you around her beautiful home.
(Film set for ‘All Creature’s Great and Small’.) Mrs. Moore will of course be on hand to welcome you to her home in the Mill Manager’s House. (aka visiteer, Sheila Lansdell).

Plant your FREE suffragette bulb pot to take home with the volunteer museum heritage gardeners. Donations welcome.

Fancy face painting for all age groups by Artifaces on hand too!

Funded by Arts Council England.

May Half-term with Bradford District Museums & Galleries

Looking for something to do  over half term? 
Have a look at our families events – follow the links for more information

28th May Dreams and Songs to sing
Cartwright Hall
Meet author Richard O’Neill for traditional stories and handicrafts

29th May –
Put yourself in the picture
Bradford Industrial Museum
Visit our “Bairds TV” display, help to make an old fashioned TV and become a news presenter or star in an advert!

30th MayLocal Myths and Legends
Bolling Hall
Listen to traditional stories and design a mythical creature.

1st June Within Nature
Cliffe Castle
Meet the artists & take part in associated family activities.