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Thursday 27 April ( 18:30 - 19:30 )

Clydebank Museum & Art Gallery , Reception Hall

This talk is part of a wider programme of activity associated with Clydebank Museum & Art Gallery's current exhibition: A Stitch in Time - the Story of the Sewing Machine. Access to the exhibition will be available in the hour prior to the talk commencing.

A Stitch in Time - the Story of the Sewing Machine tells the story of the sewing machine from its invention in the mid-19th century to its far-reaching economic and social impact throughout the remainder of that century and into the next. Alongside examples of sewing machines by various manufacturers are displayed some of the garments and accessories that these ingenious machines were used to make – helping to illustrate just how significant an invention the sewing machine was.

Laura's talk will focus on the Singer Manufacturing Company's legacy in Clydebank, and throughout West Dunbartonshire. When the Singer Manufacturing Company opened its factory doors in Clydebank in 1884 it was to the largest sewing machine factory in the world.

At its production peak, the Clydebank Factory made over 1.3 million sewing machines and employed hundreds of thousands of people, during its near 100 years of operation. Singer sewing machines produced in Clydebank were to find their way to every corner of the globe.

Reserve your place at this talk by contacting Clydebank Museum & Art Gallery: clydebank.museum@west-dunbarton.gov.uk. Tel: 0141 562 2400

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