The shows go on


These two fine young ladies were mill workers in Bolton, Lancashire in 1915.

Due to the climate here in the North West of England – basically dank – the cotton industry thrived.

Last night I went to the opening of Textile Treasures at Bolton Museum where our University contributed to the future of textiles. These young ladies are just part of the show.

For while the cotton mills may have had their day, technical textiles are thriving.

You’ll be familiar with the moisture-wicking fabrics that make running so much less of a chaffing, sweat-sodden experience. But smart materials crop up everywhere from wound dressings that deliver drugs in just the right measure to improving green energy generation.

It’s been a busy week of shows and exhibitions and some pretty poor eating. I’ve eaten a lot of sandwiches and nil salads.

But is my final yoga school on this course tomorrow so long week behind me and on to the big chill.


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