Join the team who look after the Europe’s largest sewing machine collection of its kind to celebrate Singers in Clydebank and Singer sewing machines.

Listen to memories from ex-employees of the Singer factory, walk through our exhibition of machines and take part in a host of activities including an author talk, Bookbug, sewing lab, Dram and Draw, Museum Explorers and more.

Share Your Singer Stories  

 

Programme of Events

Festival Showcase

Join us for an evening of live music and a preview of the Singer showcase to celebrate the history of Singer in Clydebank with our volunteer showcase evening. Our dedicated team of volunteers have been collecting personal stories throughout 2017-18 about Singer sewing machines and life in the Singer factory here in Clydebank. We’ll have rarely-seen machines from the collection on display, recently digitized photographs and the opportunity to get involved in activities throughout the first ever Singer Stories Festival in Clydebank.

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Where and When

Thursday 3rd May 2018 5.00-6.30pm

Clydebank Town Hall

Tickets

Free, no booking required - RSVP to: singer@west-dunbarton.gov.uk or 01389 608041

Refreshments provided

All ages welcome

Dementia-friendly Sewing Morning

Dementia Sewing

View the Singer Stories exhibition celebrating Singer in Clydebank, listen to memories of the factory and join in with some hands-on sewing activities which give sensory stimulation. Share your memories of Singer over a cuppa. A drop-in activity aimed at older people celebrating Singer sewing machine history in Clydebank, exploring tactile qualities of fabric. All materials will be provided and participants will be able to take home what they have made during the event.

Where and When

10am-12noon

Friday 4th May 2018

Clydebank Town Hall

Tickets

Free, booking required - Book in advance: singer@west-dunbarton.gov.uk or 01389 608041 

Refreshments provided

All ages welcome

‘Singer Sewing Machines in Society’ Talk by Lucy McConnell

Lucy Talk

Assessing the role of societal changes on the styling of Singer sewing machines, Lucy McConnell will reflect on the social, cultural, economic and political contexts which served to influence changing desires of personal styling and home decoration, and the impacts this had on transforming the look of the Singer sewing machine.  Drawing on objects from our archive, Lucy will explore how shape and style, through materials used and decoration applied, served to affect the marketability of the domestic sewing machine as a piece of furniture, as well as for its intended purpose of home sewing.

Afterwards, get creative with some hands-on sewing, all materials provided.

Where and When

12.30-1.00pm

Friday 4th May 2018

Clydebank Town Hall

Tickets

Free, no booking required

Refreshments provided

All ages welcome

Bookbug: Sewing Special

Bookbug

A fun afternoon session for babies, toddlers and their parents & carers, themed around textiles. Join in with songs, action rhymes and sharing stories. Places limited to one session per family.

Where and When

3.00-3.30pm

Friday 4th May 2018

Clydebank Town Hall

Tickets

Free, booking required - Book in advance: singer@west-dunbarton.gov.uk or 01389 608041

Age

Ages 0-5 

‘Life on the Banks’ Film Screening

Film Screening

Life on the Banks is a documentary film created from 3 years of interviews carried out by students, staff and volunteers with West College Scotland’s Clydebank Campus, showcasing recorded oral histories from residents sharing their experiences in local industry.

Where and When

4.30-5.00pm

Friday 4th May 2018

Clydebank Town Hall

All ages welcome

Tickets

Free, booking not required 

Dram & Draw

Dram & Draw

Unfortunately Dram & Draw has been postponed. We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment caused.

Enjoy an evening of figure drawing surrounded by Clydebank’s first Singer Stories Festival exhibition display. Draw our model clothed in period costume posing with a rarely seen Singer sewing machine from the largest collection of sewing machines of its kind in Europe. Drawing boards and basic materials will be provided but feel free to bring your art supplies. Whether you’re an experienced artist or feel like trying your hand at something new – this relaxed, un-tutored evening is unique. One drink (wine or soft drink) is included in the ticket. Spaces are limited. Open to all ages but under 16s must be accompanied by an adult and alcohol will only be served to over 18s.

Where and When

Unfortunately this event has been event postponed. New dates will be announced in the near future

Museum Explorers

Museum explorers

Become a museum explorer for the day and learn about sewing and industrial machinery in our Singer-themed workshops and activities.

Where and When

11.00am-12noon

Saturday 5th May 2018

Clydebank Town Hall

Age

Ages 4-12

Tickets

Free, booking required - Book in advance: Pop-in to the Town Hall or call 0141 562 2400 

Ready Steady Sew Competition

ready steady sew

It’s Great British Sewing Bee meets epic quiz night! Bring your creativity, we’ll give you the brief on arrival and you have one hour to make and pitch your crafty creation to impress the judge - Say it Ain’t Sew founder Iona Barker - and win your team a £50 Hobbycraft voucher. Tailoring skills not required – the brief will be simple! Teams of up to 4 people. Sewing machines and materials provided. Ready…steady…sew!

Where and When

1.00 - 3.00pm

Saturday 5th May 2018

Clydebank Town Hall

All ages welcome

Tickets

Free, booking required - Book in advance: singer@west-dunbarton.gov.uk or 01389 608041

Refreshments provided 

Singer Through the Years: Panel Talk & Book Signing

'Clydebank and the International Singer Story - The Birth of a Sewing Machine’
by Ruth Turner

singer through years talk

Ruth Turner will talk about The Birth of a Sewing Machine, shot at the Clydebank factory in 1935.  The film, which shows the manufacturing processes involved in making the sewing machines at Clydebank, was shown at Singer classes and events across the UK, Europe and beyond, and audience reactions to it were reported in Singer's Red S Review magazine.

‘Marvellous Machines’
by Lin Gardner

Carriages, saddlery, sails, tents, corsets, conveyor belts, garments, gloves, hats, and shoes are just some of the many objects that have been constructed using a sewing machine since its invention in1851. Lin’s talk will explore the extraordinary range of manufacturing machine models made by the Singer Company between 1850 and 1980, and use sewing machine models, catalogues, and sewn objects to illustrate how the sewing machine was developed for a diverse range of manufacturing tasks.

‘The Sewing Machine’
by Natalie Fergie

Natalie is a textile enthusiast and has spent the last ten years running a one woman dyeing business, sending parcels of colourful and unique yarn and thread all over the world. Inspired by a Singer 99k bought for £20 from someone who lived in Clydebank, Natalie’s novel tells the story of the sewing machine through 4 generations. She will discuss her novel, the inspiration behind it, and her use of West Dunbartonshire’s local history collection in her research.

There will be time for questions and discussion and the opportunity to purchase your own copy of The Sewing Machine book at the signing after the talks.

Where and When

4.30-6.00pm

Saturday 5th May 2018

Clydebank Town Hall

Free, booking required

Age

All ages

Tickets

Book in advance:  on Eventbrite here, singer@west-dunbarton.gov.uk or 01389 608041, limited ticket sales on the door

Refreshments provided  

Sew Revolutionary Exhibition

Sew Revolutionary

An exhibition examining the role of women in Clydebank's Singer factory from the 1911 strike through the two world wars and beyond.

Where and When

Friday 4th May 10am–4.30pm

Saturday 5th May 10am–4.30pm

Clydebank Museum & Art Gallery

Exhibition continues until 25th August

Age

All ages welcome

Tickets

Free, no booking required

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