Search for mill workers’ stories

Maria Smith, Cathy Hurley and Jason Hurley are working on a project to record mill workers experiences in Chorley
Maria Smith, Cathy Hurley and Jason Hurley are working on a project to record mill workers experiences in Chorley

The memories of people who worked in Chorley’s mills are being sought for a lottery-funded project.

A group of historians is looking for people to share their stories, whether they were a weaver, spinner, tackler, office worker or had another occupation in the industry.

Project co-ordinator Cathy Hurley said: “This town was built on the cotton industry, but now all the mills have sadly closed.

“We formed the Chorley Mills group to record the memories of former mill workers to get a record of this bygone time before it is forgotten. The project will provide a fascinating and informative record for future generations.

“We are interested in the day-to-day life of ordinary mill workers, the work they did and working conditions as well as information on when and why Chorley’s mills closed.”

The group has £8,000 from the Heritage Lottery’s Sharing Heritage fund.

They are collecting stories, photographs, documents and objects related to the industry in the town.

Their collection will be available on the project’s website www.chorleymills.org and stored for posterity at the Lancashire County Council archive.

Anyone interested in being interviewed for the project or volunteering as an interviewer can contact Cathy on 01257 410297, email info@chorleymills.org or search Facebook for Memories of Chorley Mills.