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Remembering “Firths Carpets”: Responses to Altered Landscape in an Ex-Industrial Community.

Lisa Taylor

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.

Event Details

5 October 2016 -
5 October 2016
12:30 - 13:30
Denny Room, Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 8BH
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