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Prism Arts Heritage Project wins National Lottery support

Prism Arts – Uncovering Carlisle’s Textile Revolution – www.prismarts.org.uk

Prism Arts has received National Lottery support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for their project “Uncovering Carlisle’s Textile Revolution”.

Thanks to National Lottery players, young adults with a range of disabilities, stroke survivors and Cumbrian school children will research and interpret Carlisle’s textile manufacturing heritage.

The project will research Carlisle’s textile industry from the 1700’s, looking at how the major changes in technology and transportation made Carlisle into one of the country’s major textile towns.

Project research will conclude in two public exhibitions at Carlisle and Whitehaven Libraries and two performances at the Old Fire Station, Carlisle and Distington Community School.

Project participants include members of Prism Arts’ Studio Arts, Studio Workshop and Creative Conversations groups, working alongside pupils from Upperby Primary and Distington Community Schools.

Mrs Jose Hodgkins, Head Teacher, Upperby Primary School said: “This Heritage Lottery project will help to develop our pupils by improving their skills in research, communication, interpretation and the creative arts. It also supports the school’s aim for pupil personal development in a range of areas including academic ability, team working and self-esteem.”

Organisations supporting the project work include Linton Tweeds, Farfield Mill, Sedbergh, Carlisle & Whitehaven Libraries and the Beacon Museum, Whitehaven. All will be offering their time, knowledge and access to buildings and services.

Catherine Coulthard, Chief Executive, Prism Arts said: “Prism Arts would like to thank the organisations taking part in our heritage project whose partnership and co-operation has made this project possible.”

Carlisle’s Textile Industry began in the 1700’s on the banks of the River Caldew starting with home weavers, to small weaving shops, to six-storey factories.

By 1840 Carlisle was the fourth most important cotton manufacturing centre in the United Kingdom, supplying textiles at home and across the world. Many of Carlisle’s most prominent buildings stand testament to the industry and bear the names of the textile families who built them.

Carlisle’s Textile Industry is an important part of the city’s heritage and one that people continue to work and engage in today. Carlisle can be proud of its industrial heritage and the high-quality textiles produced.

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