The Factory Learning Journey
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The Factory Learning Journey Step 6
Moving forward in time to 1930's Bolton we can see that despite all the hardships and strictness of life in the mill, workers found time to defy the system!
".... but the woman we worked with was always shouting. She used to shout 'come on now, come on.' She used to make us tow the line. She was good, but when her back was turned we were dancing down the alleys, showing each other steps and singing and teaching each other songs. We used to set each others hair in the toilet. There was always someone who could do something like that.
".....Dinner hour was really great for the young ones. We would get together and sit around the mill lodge and we'd joke about and talk and generally just lark about, and sometimes (and this was fantastic) we'd sneak into the rooms were they kept all the cotton wool and throw ourselves around in the cotton and we'd be laughing our heads off and because of the amount of noise we were making sooner or later a strict voice would come and shout 'what's going on?', at which we would become completely silent".
(source: Christine Kenny (1994) Cotton Everywhere Recollections of Northern Women Mill Workers. Aurora Publishing, Bolton.
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