Placement Host: Lancashire Museum Service
Placement Venue: Queen Street Mill, Harle Syke, Burnley
Placement length: 12.10.2010 – 12.01.2012
“The IMATT scheme allowed me the opportunity to learn and develop skills I could not possibly have gained any other way”
My aspirations and expectations of the placement were greatly exceeded with respect to the training I received through the IMATT scheme and it untimately led me to gaining fulltime employment in the museum sector ”
Graeme spent 38 years working in the textile industry as an engineer, manufacturing, installing and maintaining textile machinery, taking him to work in the USA for the last ten years. Having returned to England, he was successful in securing a placement through the IMATT scheme in 2010.
Queen Street Mill Manufacturing Company was founded in 1894 as a worker co-operative and became one of the largest in the area producing Calico or “Grey cloth”. At its peak a thousand Lancashire looms were operated at Queen Street. The mill ceased manufacturing on 12 March 1982.
Graeme’s IMATT placement involved him learning the history and workings of a cotton mill, the different types of weaving looms and how to maintain, run and demonstrate these historic machines within a museum learning environment.
Graeme is now the weaving technician at Queen Street Mill, Burnley