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: 09/02/2019

Title: All's Wool that ends Wool

Venue: St Peter's Church Hall, Saltaire, Bradford BD18 4JH

Cost to Members: 10.00

Cost to Non-Members and Guests: 12.50

Cost of Lunch (if applicable): 12.00

Online Bookings By: 04/02/2019 - Click for the Online Booking Form or the Printable Booking Form






All’s Wool that ends Wool’



St. Peter’s Parish Church, Moorhead Lane, SALTAIRE, Shipley BD18 4JH


We have two splendid speakers for you to begin the new year, with a subject close to all our hearts, in fact, probably running through most of our Yorkshire veins…..

While the last century witnessed virtually the entire disappearance of Yorkshire’s textile industry, Moon’s, a local wool manufacturer in Guiseley (LS20) has recently expanded their 1880’s premises and are racing forward, thanks to watchful, energetic management and various ventures which have frequently kept them ahead of the pack,. Originally from America, Regina Lee Blaszczyk is Professor of Business History at the University of Leeds. Her amazing 2017 book on Abraham Moon & Sons Ltd., really ‘sheds light on important questions about British industry, government policies on international trade, the role of multi-generational family firms etc....and is the first book to connect Yorkshire tweeds to the fashion system.

We are also delighted to welcome back Dr. Mike Bartle, this time with a 1947 colour film about a lesser-known branch of the Lister empire: Lavenda knitting wools, their design, production, pattern-designs and the finished results. It shows the early Brown and Muffs, plus aerial photography of Manningham Mills soon after the war.



10.30am: Coffee/tea on arrival

11.00am: ‘So you want to knit a jumper...’ Dr Mike Bartle

12.30pm: Lunch

2.00pm: ‘Fashionability’ Prof. Regina Lee Blaszczyk


For more details or enquiries, please contact our Honorary Secretary on 0113 318 8314

PLEASE NOTE:  Pre-booking is essential for this meeting


Date: 06/04/2019

Title: Woman in Gold

Venue: Friends Meeting House, York YO1 9RL

Online Bookings By: 03/04/2019 - Click for the Online Booking Form or the Printable Booking Form

Saturday, 6th April, 2019

Friends Meeting House, Friargate, York YO1 9RL


A History Wardrobe Production

Art, glamour and intrigue! Explore the lure of gold in fashion and the hidden world of women in art. Inspired by the dazzling embellishments of artist Gustav Klimt, and the fate of one of his most famous paintings, this fabulous and alluring presentation showcases stunning examples of Belle Epoque dressmaking.


PLEASE NOTE: Pre-booking for this meeting is essential, but cannot be made before the full details are posted here about 3 weeks in advance of the event.