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Their Darkest Materials with Penelope Hemingway

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18th century and 19th century Textile-related Yorkshire Tales of Murder & Mayhem, Prisons, Workhouses, and Charity Schools.

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Their Darkest Materials’ is about the seamy, dark, sometimes creepy underside of material culture and textile history. A sort of ‘Horrible History’ for grown-ups.

In ‘Their Darkest Materials’, we creep through nineteenth century asylums, debtors’ prisons, charity schools, pubs and marketplaces; the ‘stews’ (brothels) of the city, school-rooms, collapsing London houses, workhouse toilets, small-town waxwork exhibitions in back rooms and see ladies knitting in grand Georgian drawing rooms; following the unravelling thread of history’s textiles.

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Many of the Welsh Guilds have stands at Wonderwool Wales. The show is moving online again in 2021, and so are the Guilds.

We’ve put together a programme of talks and lectures to give you a flavour of the varying interests and areas of knowledge Guild membership allows you to explore.

All the speakers listed here have kindly donated their time.

There is no charge to attend these lectures, but we ask that you make a donation to either the Welsh Air Ambulance or Macmillan Cancer Support. These charities are usually supported at Wonderwool Wales, and we’re delighted to be able to raise funds for them in this way.

If you are booking one of our lectures and donating to our charities, please can you put Wonderwool as the reference to make it easier for the charities to allocate the donations. Thank you

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