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Infinite and Various – Bradford College Textile Archive Conference

Date: April 22, 2015 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Location: The Michele Sutton Lecture Theatre, The David Hockney Building, Bradford College, BD7 1AY


  • For thousands of years, the hand of man had directly fashioned the materials of his apparel, but now by a wonderful combination of automatic machines, which obey, like willing slaves, the will of the master mind, a power of production so infinite and various, so prodigious in its operations and results, as to surpass the fabled power of the ancient Genii, or the marvels of Arabian story, has been attained. John James, History of the Worsted Manufacture in England, 1857, pages 323-333

    The prodigious production James observed as the Industrial Revolution was in progress has led to an infinite and various amount of material held within textile archive collections, stimulating, in turn, infinite and various responses by current academic researchers, historians and designers.

    This conference presents an exciting and eclectic collection of these responses.

    CONFERENCE FEE: £55 for delegates, £15 for students (including lunch and drinks reception). Concessionary rate of £35 for delegates who are academics or members of the Textile Society, Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC) , Bradford Textile Society, FTC Subject Association of Courses in Fashion and Textile Design and other galleries, museums and archives.

    See the Document tab for details of the programme and biogs of the speakers.

    For further information please contact Clare Lamkin, Head of Events, Bradford College
    Tel: 01274 438965; Email:



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