Cotton workers in Bolton in 1951
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Reel History: Working life in Bolton cotton mills

Footage of Bolton cotton mills producing fabric in 1951 is being shown in Manchester to celebrate the launch of a new BBC series.

The film shows the process of mechanically spinning and weaving cotton, an industry which fuelled the growth of Manchester as a city.

It is being shown in Albert Square as part of an event launching the BBC programme, Reel History of Britain.

The series - presented by Melvyn Bragg - explores how life in Britain used to be through archive footage.

The film of the cotton mill has been provided by North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The Reel History Experience takes place on Saturday 28 May.

  • 27 May 2011