John Ruskin, an artist, critic and social reformer, created the Langdale linen industry and saw it as one of his finest achievements. Women who had no previous experience of hand-spinning or weaving were taught to do both, proving that handmade linen could compete with mass-produced and that women could find fulfilling and creative roles in the world of work. Penelope Hemingway, author of Their Darkest Materials (2019), goes in search of the women who created and drove the Langdale linen industry's success and will demonstrate handspinning flax (linen).

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum

Town End, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH

015394 35544


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Please note: Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum’s National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported redevelopment project, Reimagining Wordsworth, will be taking place throughout 2019. As a result there are some changes to what will be available when you visit this year. Please check their website for opening information before you visit

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