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Cathedral of Cloth: Life and Times at Ebley Mill

Following on from our successful exhibition, the book Cathedral of Cloth: Life and Times of Ebley Mill is now available from the Museum in the Park, Stroud Bookshop and at the Mill openings.

In 2018 Ebley Mill celebrates the building of the Long Block at Ebley 200 years ago. Now it flourishes under the care of Stroud District Council but the story of the mill is much older and more varied. It reaches back to the early 1400s; it was owned by a fashionable man about town before Samuel Marling made it into the powerhouse of the Stroud Valleys. This exhibition, presented by Stroudwater Textile Trust in partnership with the Museum, looks at the stories of the famous and of working people and displays rarely seen items from a variety of sources. A ‘must see’ for anyone interested in our textile heritage and local history.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Stroud Town Council.

Events coming up

‘Weaving Tales’ with Fiona Eadie
Sunday 11 February | 3pm | £5 adults, £3 children, 

Come and be enchanted! Join storyteller Fiona Eadie for some spellbinding tales of weavers and weaving from near and far and long ago. For grown ups of all ages and for children aged 7+.
Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

‘The Colour Experience’ Children’s Half Term Holiday Workshops
Tuesday 13 February | 10am, 11am, 12noon, 2pm & 3pm | Free

Join the Stroudwater Textile Trust for a fun-filled, hands-on workshop exploring the art and science of colour and textiles, using everyday, kitchen cupboard ingredients. For children aged 7 upwards, only 8 places per workshop so booking essential. Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

Secret Studio: Spinning & Weaving, Making & Mending
Tuesday 13 – Saturday 17 February | 11am – 3.30pm (drop in) | £2 per child

Seek out our secret studio where you can try your hand at carding wool, spinning and weaving, stitching and darning, making and mending … Creative drop in activities devised by textile artist Corinne Hockley for families with children aged 5+.

Illustrated Talk: Stories from the Mill by Ian Mackintosh
Sunday 18 February | 2pm | £7 (STT members & MIP Friends £5)

For 200 years Ebley Mill has had a massive impact on its surroundings and many people were involved before its closure as a textile mill in 1982. This talk recalls some of the long forgotten workpeople involved, the mill’s working conditions, the camaraderie and the dangers.

Booking necessary – call 01453 763394