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Published: 29 August 2020

By Andy Ross

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Gawthorpe Textiles Collection

During the pandemic, the Gawthorpe Textiles Collection in Lancashire has been asking for stories about textile making in the Lancashire and North West area.

If you have a few minutes to spare and are from the area you can contribute using this link. You will have to hurry though. The project is only open until the end of August. 

Gawthorpe Textiles Collection is the operating name of The Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth Textile Collections, independent registered charity 516227. The collection was founded as a direct response to mechanisation in Burnley and a need to preserve traditional crafts and promote maintenance of the wellbeing benefits of creativity. The charity holds one of the most diverse, interesting and encyclopaedic textile collections in the UK and is known to specialists worldwide. Today the collection continues to deliver the vision of its founder to promote education, provide life skills and support wellbeing through craft.

Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth, daughter of Sir Ughtred and Lady Blanche Kay-Shuttleworth was a prolific lacemaker and embroiderer. She was influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement which sought to preserve the traditional craft skills being eroded by mass production at the turn of the 20th century. She was heavily inspired by the textiles of the past, as well as by the architectural designs of the Hall which surrounded her as she grew up. Rachel was a remarkable woman who used her station to lead and support improvements to the social welfare of the communities of Padiham and Burnley. She played a key role in the development of the Girl Guides movement in Lancashire for over 30 years and received their highest award for service, the Silver Fish. She served as a Justice of the Peace, worked with the Red Cross, Women’s Voluntary Service, and the Civic Arts Association, amongst many other community roles and duties. Gawthorpe Textiles Collection operates from Gawthorpe Hall in Padiham near Burnley. Following the death of Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth, the Hall was bequeathed to the National Trust and is operated as a visitor attraction by Lancashire County Council, open to the public annually from April to November. The Gawthorpe Textiles Collection charity is headed up by Lord Charles Shuttleworth, Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire.

Thank you to Jacqui who sent the link and the information about the Collection in.