10:15 - 11:00

Many of us had ancestors who worked in the clothing trade where conditions and remuneration were often appalling; ‘slop shops’ or sweat shops were in existence since at least Samuel Pepys’ time. This talk covers the lives of these workers from contemporary sources, what they did on a daily basis, their working hours and conditions  and explores the repercussions of sewing, lace and button machines.

Adèle Emm

Adèle Emm is the author of Tracing Your Trade and Craftsman Ancestors (Pen and Sword 2015) and My Ancestors worked in Textile Mills (to be published by Society of Genealogists) and numerous articles in genealogy magazines.

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