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Textiles demonstration

Go back in time to the working mills of 150 years ago, experience the deafening sounds of the machinery and find out what life was like for thousands of mill workers.

Weavers wanted! We're looking for weavers, scavengers and piecers of all ages to become our new apprentices. Come and learn all the tricks of the trade as we turn cotton into the thread that made everything from napkins to knickers. 

This family-friendly demonstration will give you a taste of what it was like to work in a cotton mill amongst all the noise, dust and elbow grease. Find out which job you’d have and what life was like for the workers that made Manchester.

Please note: demonstration times may be subject to change. Speak to a member of staff on the day of your visit for further information.

Part of the Science Museum Group