Living History - the Heritage Exhibition
Situated on Level 2 is an exhibition, sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund, created by local people and devoted to the heyday and eventual decline of the Victorian wealth-creating woollen and textile industry in the Sedbergh area.
The exhibition concentrates on a plan of the layout of Farfield Mill in 1911, going on to explain the processes employed i.e. carding, scribbling, tentering, dyeing and finishing to name but a few. Examples of these processes are displayed from the raw fleece to the finished woollen cloth.
A potted history of the Mill is described from its inception in 1836 to its decline in the 1950s highlighting the employment of children, as young as 8 years, the long working hours and the dangerous conditions. The Mill was eventually restored by the Sedbergh and District Buildings Preservation Trust in the 1990s.
Areas of interest include the positioning of the willey shed, the life of William Stainton who worked at the mill, man and boy from the age of 8 until the age of 94 and the rules and regulations governing the behaviour of employees i.e. they 'will wash themselves at least twice every week and failure to do so incurred a fine of 3d'.
"Very interesting - good historical info." Linda & Chris, Maryland, USA
"I loved when they talked about my Grandad." Georgia