Tuesday 12 November 2019
10am John Smedley, Lea Mills, Derbyshire DE4 5AG

ASBCI Members Only Technical Visit to John Smedley, Lea Mills, Derbyshire DE4 5AG

Tuesday 12th November 2019, 10am to 12 noon


Said to be the oldest continuously working factory in the world, Smedley’s make high quality knitwear using a variety of technologies – from traditional manufacturing to the latest Shima Seiki ‘whole garment’ knitting machines. The visit sets out to provide an overview of the whole process, including a look at the unique archive of knitting industry memorabilia.

Starting with top quality yarns such as sea-island cotton, you will see how traditional designs with a modern twist are manufactured for sale around the world. The factory shop is also well worth a visit!

Please contact the Halifax office on 01422 354666 to book a place.  Please note that numbers are limited to 12 ASBCI members, on a first-come basis.  Members will be asked to make a £5 contribution to the Smedley Archive Trust, a charity that helps preserve this part of the Derwent Valley World Heritage site, where the modern textile industry started nearly 250 years ago. 

For more on John Smedley please visit www.johnsmedley.com 

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