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Online Talk: Marvel’s Mill – the world’s first water powered cotton spinning mill?

Online Talk: Marvel’s Mill – the world’s first water powered cotton spinning mill?
Thursday, April 29, 2021

We often describe Cromford Mills as the ‘world’s first successful water-powered cotton spinning mill’ – but what happened to all the unsuccessful ones?

Join Philip Parkin as he tells the story of Marvel’s Mill, one of the most significant of these early cotton mills. Learn about the beginnings of the development of the roller spinning process, long before Arkwright made it into a world-beating technology, and explore how we define ‘success’.

Would Cromford Mills have ever happened without Marvel’s Mill?

Philip Parkin graduated Leeds University with a first class degree in Textile Manufacturing, and found that in that time, much of the British textile industry had moved abroad. So he trained instead as a primary school teacher and went on to take a variety of Educational Diplomas and an MEd in action research. Philip worked in primary education as a teacher and senior manager for over 30 years before leaving schools at the end of 2005 in order to become the General Secretary of an education trade union. He did this for eight years until retirement.

Philip has always had an interest in industrial history and becoming a volunteer at Cromford Mills has allowed him to finally use some of the knowledge acquired at university. He gives regular guided tours to visitors and school groups.

This online talk will be run by the Arkwright Society.

Follow this link to book your tickets here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/512926

ZOOM DETAILS: We Got Tickets will send you a zoom link to join the session prior to the event.

TECH REQUIREMENTS: You will need a laptop/desktop/tablet computer with video and audio.
You will also require a reliable internet connection. Please make sure your set-up satisfies the technical requirements before joining – we cannot offer refunds if you discover your device or broadband connection is not suitable for the event.

VENUE: At home in front of your computer.

Door time: 6.45pm. Talk start time: 7pm.