Department of History

Local history seminar - Saturday 10 March 2018

Lenton Grove, NG7 2RD, University Park
Saturday 10th March 2018 (10:00-12:30)
Professor John Beckett



Stephen Walker

The Robinson mills in the Leen Valley: a thread in the web of industrialisation

In the 18th century, the Robinson family established mills to produce cotton thread. They created one of the earliest large-scale industrial complexes in Nottinghamshire. In 1785, they were the first in the world to apply a steam engine to a factory. This session will describe the extent of the physical remains, review evidence for the operation of the mills, and details about the workforce.

Dr Walker is a retired school teacher who recently completed his PhD at the University of Nottingham. For many years he has been researching the development and operation of the mills, and he has been chair of the Friends of Moor Pond Woods. His work spans historical geography, industrial archaeology, and social history.

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Admission is £5 and includes refreshments. Booking is not required. 

These seminars are open to all with an interest in local and regional history.

Department of History

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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