The Media Archive for Central England is the public screen archive for the East and West Midlands. An independent charity and company based at the University of Lincoln, MACE acquires, catalogues, preserves and makes widely available moving image materials that inform our understanding of the diverse cultures and histories of communities between the Lincolnshire coast and the Welsh border.
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Have you ever wondered how dad's distinctive cardigan was made? This colourful industrial film shows how the Co-op's Nelson Mills in Staffordshire does it.
Promotional 1961 18 mins
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Jumpers, cardigans and tank-tops roll off the production lines at Nelson Mills in Leek as the cones and bobbins whirl through miles of yarn. Skilled workers hand-cut patterns with darting scissors at this Co-op works producing Leeknit for him and for the ladies it's the Lanfield range of knitwear. A fashion show amongst the machines brings these, now desirably vintage, patterns and styles to life and shows that there's a woolly for every member of the family.
Textiles on Film
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