Cutting the Cloth

Stroud Water Textile Trust

Exhibited from Tuesday 2 - Sunday 14 February, 2016

Please note: Gallery Two opening hours vary from day to day, please call ahead before making a special visit.

In 1815 the first patent was taken out that led to the development of the Cross Cutter and the end of a skilled craft, shearing broadcloth, not just in the Stroud Valleys but in the world. The exhibition traces the resulting changes that produced fine cloth, transformed lawns and smoothes the path of the snooker ball.

Whilst visiting this exhibition we recommend you visit the Industry and Invention room upstairs in the Museum where you can see the cross cutter, early lawnmowers and more.  The Wallbridge painting, shown on this page, can be found in the Staircase Hall of the Museum.

This exhibition is organised by Stroudwater Textile Trust and part of Festomane, Stroud’s festival of engineering and manufacturing.

Related Events:

Thursday 4th February at 2pm we host a talk by John Morgan 'The Story of Erinoid Plastics'. Please call 01453 763394 to book.

Sunday 7th February 11am-4pm 'Invented in Gloucestershire' - meet the inventors and hear stories of how their inventions have changed the world. Presented by Spaniel in the Works Theatre Company. Free.

Sunday 14th February 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 3pm Travel back in time to meet people who worked making the first plastics in this lively game show from Spaniel in the Works Theatre Company.  Free, booking required.



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