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Skelmanthorpe Textile Heritage Centre DVD  

In 2011 the Industrial Heritage Programme funded a series of oral history recordings at the Skelmanthorpe Textile Heritage Centre with owner and local historian Leslie Robinson and museum volunteer Stanley Sheard. The Textile Heritage Centre is based in an historic hand-loom weaver's cottage in the middle of Skelmanthorpe village, where hand loom weaving was an important industry until the early 20th century. In particular Skelmanthorpe was known for its shawls and fancy goods. The recordings were arranged by Denby Dale Parish Council and were undertaken by film maker Tim Dyson. Clips from the recordings can be viewed on-line through the Denby Dale and Kirkburton Parish Archives website. To visit the website please click here

   

Skelmanthorpe Textile Heritage Unit and a weaving demonstration by Stanley Sheard (photographs by T Roberts)

Following the initial oral history project in 2012 the support programme awarded additional funding to Heritage Denby Dale (part of Denby Dale Parish Council) to create volunteer packs for the newly formed 'Friends of Skelmanthorpe Textile Heritage Centre' group, who help to support the museum, including taking visitors round on open days and explaining the fascinating history behind the cottage and Skelmanthorpe's industrial past. For more information about the Friend's group, and to find out when the museum is open please visit the Friends Group website.

Leslie Robinson has also written a number of books about the textile heritage of Scissett, Skelmanthorpe and the surrounding area, which have recently been re-published by Denby Dale Parish Council. For more details please visit their website

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