Learn about the poorest textile workers of Victorian Britain

Ruddington, Nottinghamshire

See the history of the knitting industry come to life at the Framework Knitters Museum.

Nestled in a quiet cul de sac in the pretty village of Ruddington, you’ll find an unexpected delight when it comes to social and industrial history.

The Framework Knitters Museum is a window onto the world of some of Britain’s poorest workers, which led to Nottingham becoming the birthplace of the Luddite revolt.

Machine knitting was invented in Nottinghamshire in 1589 by William Lee, and the knitting frame made it possible for workers to produce knitted goods 100 times faster than when knitting by hand. This industry in the UK was primarily based in the East Midlands, in the counties of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire.

See demonstrations at the Framework Knitters Museum, as this traditional craft comes to life before your very eyes.


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