This film is part of Free

City of Women

"Fit for an Earl is the graceful Nottingham girl." But will they grace the city's textiles factories for much longer and what future is there for the city built on the work of women?

Documentary 1987 25 mins

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By 1987 the textile manufacturers of Nottingham were having to persuade young people to enter the industry. Gone were the days when women automatically entered the trade and put up with the low pay, repetitive work and long hours. With the women of Sri Lanka offering to do the same work for a pound a day what future does the industry have? As is seen in a fantasy sequence in this downbeat Central Television film the desire to throw it all out of the window is a very real one.