Manuscripts and Special Collections

Fully Fashioned

Fully Fashioned: Archival remnants of the textile trade ran from Friday 6th September to Sunday 1st December 2019

Using photographs, marketing materials and business records from the University of Nottingham’s lace and hosiery archive collections, this exhibition explored surviving evidence of the textile trade which was once a major feature of the East Midlands. Other collections reveal the struggle for workers’ rights, from the targeted campaign of machine breaking by the Luddites of the East Midlands (in protest at unfair pay and the introduction of ‘cut ups’ in favour of the superior fully-fashioned stockings), to the development of unions such as the Nottingham-based Amalgamated Society of Operative Lace Makers and Auxiliary Workers. 

Fully Fashioned poster



The curator explains the exhibition title:

The University's early and ongoing links to the textile sector:




Lakeside Arts Centre

The exhibition was accompanied by a series of lunchtime talks and events.

Exhibition themes

The exhibition boards which were displayed in the Weston Gallery are available to download:

Archive Collections

Find out more about our archive collections related to textile businesses:

Manuscripts and Special Collections would like to thank the following individuals and institutions for their support for the exhibition:


Visitor comments

It was really comprehensive, very interesting and so obvious just how much hard work and dedication had gone into it all.


Excellent walk down memory lane. Fascinating exhibition.


A very interesting exhibition of local history which is sadly little known.



Read the curator's blog to find out more about the exhibition's private view. 

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