Northern Society of Costume and Textiles

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Special Offer: Any non-member attending a meeting, who subsequently joins the Society at  that meeting,  will be refunded the difference  between the Members Meeting Fee and the Guest Meeting Fee for that meeting



Date: 15/06/2019

Title: Textile Yarns

Venue: St Peter's and St Paul's Church Hall, Wakefield WF2 7NR

Cost to Members: 8.00

Cost to Non-Members and Guests: 12.00

Cost of Lunch (if applicable): 12.00

Online Bookings By: 10/06/2019 - Click for the Online Booking Form or the Printable Booking Form


Saturday, 15 June 2019


St. Peters & Pauls Church Hall, St. George's Way, Standbridge Lane, Wakefield WF2 7NR                                  

Following our remarkable meeting in York last month, we perhaps have a more sober, but no less interesting pair of presentations for you today.  Sadly, our Chairman, Michael Cullingworth is indisposed following a spell in hospital, so it has been necessary to change part of our proposed programme and put ‘The Other Beatrix Potter’ on the back-burner for the present.  However, this has given us to opportunity to invite Noel Moroney, from Brighouse, to fill the gap, as it were, and tell us his amusing stories about his various roles within the textile industry for roughly sixty years: yes - truly!  As Sales Director for the Vantona-Viyella Group, Noel witnessed massive changes, as you will hear, and no doubt recognise.  

Moving a little way across those clouded hills, on the very outskirts of Manchester, three, maybe four, generations of Roger Backhouse’s family worked in the cotton industry in Ashton-under-Lyme, from the 1820’s until the 1990’s.  Roger, now from York, will show us relevant archive film-clips to explain how engineering helped cotton textile production through this period and show how these same innovations affected his family.  It should be a splendid blend of warps & wefts in every way!

 For those not familiar with the venue, it is adjacent to junction 39 on the M1, with ample parking and disabled access all on the level.  Our caterers will be on hand to serve a varied & appetizing buffet-lunch.  As ever, we look forward to seeing you; please bring your friends, no matter which side of the Pennines they come from!  Let’s hope the sun shines!

   10.30 am:     Coffee/Tea on arrival
   11.00 am:     ‘Textile Yarns’, Noel Moroney
   12.30 pm:     Lunch
     1.30 pm:    ‘The Rise & Fall of King Cotton’, Roger Backhouse

For further information 'phone 0113.318 8314

Date: 21/09/2019

Title: Fashion in a Provincial Town

Venue: The Well Baptish Church, Retford, Nottinghamshire DN22 7BD

Online Bookings By: 13/09/2019 - Click for the Online Booking Form or the Printable Booking Form


Saturday, 21 September, 2019

The Well Baptist Church, Well Hospital Road

Retford, Nottinghamshire,  DN22 7BD

This Meeting will showcase some of the fashion related Treasures of the Bassetlaw Museum in Retford

PLEASE NOTE that bookings for this Meeting cannot be made until full details of the event are posted here a few weeks before the event.