Harriet Lawson, commissioned through the Dewsbury Creative Town arts programme, drew inspiration through indepth research and interviews with local mill owners and workers to produce Tales from t’Mill.

This short video provides a unique insight into her research and artistic process.


Harriet’s work features a number of elements from her research such as: auctioning the bails of rags, the machinery and tools used, and the pickers who were mainly women.

Tales from t’mill is installed outside the Dewsbury Creative Craft Centre on Union Street.

Harriet would like to thank: interviewees Howard Summer, Tammey Foster, John Clay and John Parkinson; Gaba Berettoni – sound editor; and the Creative Craft Centre.

The Dewsbury Creative Town arts programme is funded by Kirklees Council.

Photo credit: Lucille Moore.

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