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.
This film is part of Free
Focus on Knitwear
From socks and vests to fancy knitted sportswear, Meridian Ltd aim to clothe the nation from the region where the industry was born.
Industry sponsored film 1966 21 mins
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From its headquarters on Haydn Road at Sherwood in Nottingham Meridian Ltd's empire stretches across the East Midlands. The industry's history goes back to William Lee's 16th century stocking frame at Calverton where Meridian was still knitting in 1966. Generation upon generation have worked in the industry and the latest recruits are shown in the Meridian training centre threading needles against the clock to prepare them for the shop floor.
Previously known as J.B. Lewis the firm of Meridian Ltd later became part of the Courtaulds group.
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