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7th Annual Industrial Revolution Conference
November 13, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm£20
Cromford Mills’ 7th Annual Conference on the Industrial Revolution will take place via Zoom on Saturday the 13th of November 2021, on the theme of Innovation.
Leading academics will discuss what triggered and sustained innovation in the first Industrial Revolution, with one talk focusing on modern entrepreneurship, as a point of comparison.
Our first speaker, Professor Joel Mokyr, Department of Economics, Northwestern University, Illinois and Sackler Professorial Fellow at Tel Aviv University, will talk on the ‘Incentives, Institutions, and Industrialization: A Prelude to Modern Economic Growth’. In a change to his previously planned talk, Professor Mokyr will take us through his current research on the role of institutions in the Industrial Revolution and how they enabled change to flourish, ranging across the roles of taxation at local and national levels, patents, the English Poor Law, Apprenticeship contracts, declining violence, and informal codes of conduct in business and management.
Professor Emeritus John Styles of the University of Hertfordshire will discuss ‘Re-fashioning Industrial Revolution: Fibres, fashion and technical innovation in British cotton textiles, 1630-1780’. He will consider how the progress from hand spinning to the Arkwright Water frame and beyond, was shaped by the changes in fashion in the 1760s-1770s.
Dr Gill Cookson, Honorary Research Fellow, School of History at Leeds University will address Innovation in the time of Arkwright through a contextual approach to this period. This will offer a view of how Richard Arkwright’s career might have come to move from Barber and Wigmaker to Machine Maker and Industrial Mogul.
Dr Karolina Hutkova, London School of Economics will talk to us on The English East India Company’s silk enterprise in Bengal, 1750–1850. She will discuss how technology transfer to the Bengal silk industry came from the same Italian Silk Factories that influenced the Derby Silk Mill and subsequently the ‘Silk Town’ of Macclesfield, and the effect that has on the Bengal workers.
Professor Simon Mosey, Director of the Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Nottingham University will discuss ‘Building a legacy of ingenuity through entrepreneurial organisations’ This talk will help us to consider how the minds of the early innovators might have worked, by reviewing more recent innovation and entrepreneurship.