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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


Opening times

Opening spring 2020. 7 April 2020 to 31 October 2020, 10:00 -17:30 (seven days per week) 1 November 2020 to 31 March 2021, 11:00 -16:30 (open Wednesday to Sunday) Christmas and New Year see website for details. Last admission will be one hour before closing.

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