Online talk - Rethinking the Industrial Revolution

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A talk by Professor Martin Daunton on the Industrial revolution.

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This is the first in a series of lectures given by the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings, and it will be available to watch live on Zoom.

The Flaxmill was built at the time when the economy of Britain experienced the 'great divergence'. For the first time, the level of income of Britain pulled ahead of parts of China and Bengal; and its population broke through the limits that had previously been set by famine and disease. The result was a fundamental transformation of world historical significance - and Shrewsbury and the Severn valley were major players. In the last decade or so, the way that historians have understood the transformation has changed in many ways, and the talk will reflect on these new understandings and the unresolved problems that remain.

Martin Daunton is an author, historian and lecturer. His interests include the economic history of Britain since 1700, the shifting boundaries between the market and state, the politics of public finance, the relations between national and international economic policies, and debates over intergenerational equity. He has published and lectured widely on these areas, and is particularly concerned to engage with policy makers and practitioners with an interest in the historical background to current issues.

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The Friends of Flaxmill Maltings (Friends) were formed in August 2010 in response to the public consultation and growing interest and enthusiasm for the development of the Flax Mill Maltings amongst the community. Our Vision is that:

 The Flaxmill Maltings is brought back to life at the heart of the community.

 The Flaxmill Maltings is a unique and internationally important site, containing seven listed buildings including the first cast-iron framed building in the world along with the 3rd and 8th. Located in the heart of one of Shropshire’s most deprived communities, in 1985 the buildings became derelict and this important industrial heritage is ‘at risk’.

 The Friends have made these important historic buildings accessible so that organisations, groups and individuals can explore, learn, participate in and enjoy the unique and varied heritage. We run tours of the site and special interest events and activities including our annual open weekends in May and September each year, which attract up to 2,500 visitors. Our thriving Arts Group is engaged in a range of community orientated initiatives including working with local schools and colleges. There has always been a tremendous enthusiasm to explore and learn more about the Flaxmill Maltings history. Our Archives and Research group explore the lives of those people who worked or were connected with the Flaxmill Maltings. Initial school visits began in 2010 as a result of pupils’ curiosity about the scaffold covered main mill building.  Our education team are developing opportunities for formal and informal learning for all age ranges.


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