Broadway Screen ‘The Lacemakers: The Forgotten Story of England Lace’ Sun 24 March, 4pm


Broadway Cinema is screening Edward Jarvis’ film, The Lacemakers: The Forgotten Story of English Lace on Sunday 24th March at 4pm.

MACE provided the film with a copy of  Baxholme: A Tour of their Nottingham Factories, a film which was made in around 1955. In this film Austin Holmes takes viewers around the lace making firm, Holmes and Baxter Ltd. He describes the activities of the firm from his arrival in the morning (when the first job is to read the mail with his fellow directors). We then see examples of the firm’s products (lace furnishings, predominantly curtains) on show in the sale room; the lace designer at work; the jacquard store room and operation including winding yarn onto the bobbins. The finished materials are then examined by and repaired by women sewing by hand. We then see the lace being packaged, despatched and the office staff handling the firm’s administration work.

Extracts of this film can be seen in Edward Jarvis’s film to be screened on Sunday.

Broadway’s website writes:

Lace built the city of Nottingham and many of the surrounding towns and villages; it also provided jobs for the men and women who lived there. Yet today this once mighty industry has largely disappeared from the western world. BAFTA nominated filmmaker and award winning journalist Edward Jarvis pieces together the story from what’s left of the industry and its dwindling band of survivors. The film is part of Nottingham Trent University’s Lace: Here and Now season and is narrated by the BAFTA, Tony and three-times Olivier winning actor Robert Lindsay. Edward and Robert both grew up in Ilkeston.

Tickets are £3.50 and can be purchased via Broadway’s Website HERE.

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