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Home > News > Search is on for Sudbury Silk School Costumes

Search is on for Sudbury Silk School Costumes

Posted by on 23 July 2019 | Comments

The Sudbury Silk Stories project is searching for details of a silk-clad gymnastics display at a Great Cornard Middle School summer fete over 40 years ago.

The Sudbury Silk Stories project, which s recording  stories of current and former employees of Sudbury’s silk industry, has issued a specific plea: can anyone provide photos or information on a Great Cornard Middle School summer fete in the 1970s that saw a pupil’s mother provide costumes made of silk from the Stephen Walters mill?

The story, which was told to Project Co-Ordinator Carole Creasey as she interviewed those connected to the silk industry, stated that an employee of Stephen Walters and Sons provided offcuts of silk for the costumes for the gymnastics display at the Summer School Fete. Pupils were laid on the floor, drawn around and the resulting shapes then sewn together to make the costumes. Sudbury Silk Stories would like to talk to anyone who might have photographs or taken part in the gymnastics display and remembers the costumes being made.

Sudbury Silk Stories wants to include the story of the silk Summer Fete costumes on the projects new website alongside the interviews with silk industry staff.  The project will also create a short film that will play at the Sudbury Silk Festival on 7th September. To find out more and to follow Sudbury Silk Stories online visit their website.

This website is being built to bring together the behind the scenes stories and anecdotes from the people who have helped to create the acclaimed silk industry of Sudbury.

Anyone with any details can contact the Project Co-Ordinator via email.

Cllr Derek Davis, Babergh District Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “This story sums up what the Silk Stories project is about: all the ways the silk industry has flowed from the mills into the history, fabric and day to day life of the surrounding area. It shows just how the industry has shaped our community in unexpected and wonderful ways, and we’d love to hear more about it.”

Sudbury Silk Stories, funded by Babergh District Council and £36,400 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, is looking for the stories of current and former employees of Sudbury’s silk industry. It will explore the social history and changes that have taken place in the local industry, which continues to produce some of Europe’s finest silk. The project will record and share the experiences of silk mill staff, to create both a short film and an archive of interviews for the local community and for visitors to learn from.