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Exhibition: For The Love Of Cotton

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National Trust

  • 5 October 2024
  • 09:3016:00
  • See organiser for pricing
  • Ages 0 – 18 years


Before the Industrial Revolution, making clothes was slow. People would make their own clothes, in small quantities and would wear them for a long period of time, repeatedly repairing them. They were patched, resized, remade, and handed down until there was nothing left to use.

The Industrial Revolution saw a rapid change in the pace in the production of textiles, the growth of cotton and technological advancements within mills, and faster transport. This meant there were more options for people in all levels of society and is the starting point in the story of how we consume clothes today.

In this exhibition we will explore the story of the past, present and future of the cotton textile industry in the North West and the world, the human drive for fashion and ‘faster, easier, cheaper’ clothes, and the global, environmental and societal impacts that had and continues to have today.

Admission charges apply. Free entry for National Trust Members.


  • Grove Street
  • Wilmslow
  • Cheshire East
  • SK9 1DU
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  • Wilmslow (0.2 miles)
    • National Rail line National Rail

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