We are delighted to confirm we are hosting an event on the 15th Feb 2024 with historian Peter Dunn on the history of footwear manufacturing in Rossendale, Lancashire. Hosted at our Whalley HQ, the event will run approximately 5:30pm till 8pm. Click here to book, tickets include a complimentary drink on arrival.
As a taste of what to expect, below is a short piece from Peter himself...
In addition to the mills there was an infrastructure that supported manufacturing. There were supplies of materials, components, machinery etc. Rossendale had its own independent union. We had a footwear college where people could go to learn footwear technology, pattern cutting and design. There was also the social side of the industry, football clubs, bowling, cricket, golf tournaments, we even had a beauty contest! It was more than making shoes, it was a community.
Like my father and mother before me, I was part of this community and with the passage of time the world got smaller and we saw it the industry decline and disappear. The footwear industry is part of my heritage and I spent 18 months researching its history and talking to people that was part of that history. Today I am happy to share this heritage and hope future generations can see how important the footwear industry was to the people of Rossendale."