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Industry and Education: Morley Threads, Backlit

28.11.2015, 12:00 am5:00 pm

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Morley-CoverI&R Morley History, by Professor Stanley Chapman (Business History, University of Nottingham). 1pm – 2pm – FREE.

This talk will explore the international industrial empire of I&R Morley, that spanned across the East Midlands, London and as far as Australia. Stanley will illustrate the types of machinery that was used and exactly why the business was such a success and exemplary for its time.

Morley College 125 year History by Elaine Andrews (Learning Resources Manager at Morley College, London) 3pm – 4pm, FREE.

Morley College was founded 125 years ago in memory of Samuel Morley and has since pioneered adult education for working class men and women. Elaine will delve far back into the college’s beginnings at the Old Vic and its support from Emma Cons and other educationists. The college also has a history of famous lecturers and associates such as Virginia Woolf, Gustav Holst, Sir Micheal Tippett and David Hockney.

The Morley Threads launch brings together all the connections and developments of The Samuel Morley Programme and celebrates the newfound associations, research and relevance to an important legacy of a forgotten local hero. The Morley Threads launch will provide a series of talks and events that explore Samuel Morley’s radical approach to social activism, human rights and industry, which include;

Backlit’s ‘Threads’ archive featuring digitized Morley artefacts, oral histories and video interviews from Morley factory workers.

Hot Knife have create an immersive in-house gaming environment that will recreate the history of Alfred House in the late 19th Century as a working cotton-spinning factory for I&R Morley in a unique Virtual Reality experience.

A community fashion show from young people in the local area.

Photographic exhibition of buildings and monuments in Nottingham relating Samuel Morley taken by workshop participants.

A physical display of Backlit’s Morley artefacts relating to Samuel Morley and I&R Morley from the 19th – 21st


12:00 am–5:00 pm


0115 837 2426
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Backlit Gallery
First Flloor, Alfred House, Ashley Street
Nottingham, NG3 1JG
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0115 837 2426
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