Remembering “Firths Carpets”: Responses to Altered Landscape in an Ex-Industrial Community.
The second talk in the Leeds Cultural Conversations 2016/17 series which coincides with Older People's Day on 1 October 2016.
Presented by Dr Lisa Taylor.
Before 2002 the architectural presence of the Mills of Firth’s Carpets dominated the visitor experience of Bailiff Bridge, a semi industrial village in West Yorkshire. Firths had been a manufacturer of woven carpets since 1822. After its closure in 2000, Clifton Mill was demolished, leaving a vast material void. This talk investigates an altered experience of place and the emotional consequences for people once dependent on the now de-industrialised landscape of Bailiff Bridge. It explores the strategies people use to locate themselves in relation to a changed narrative of industrial heritage, how they both navigate and hold a sense of shared locality within its changed landscape.
The talk was filmed by Tomaso Aramini, a student from the Northern Film School.
This event is part of the Leeds Cultural Conversations series, presented by Leeds Beckett University and Leeds City Council. Leeds Cultural Conversations are a series of monthly talks programmed by the Centre for Culture & the Arts at Leeds Beckett University. For more information on the series please visit www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/LCC.