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A Stitch in Time, A Social History of Seamstresses, Dressmakers and Tailors


Many of us have ancestors who worked in the clothing trade where remuneration and working conditions were often appalling. 'Slop shops' or sweat shops were in existence since at least Samuel Pepys' time.

This talk covers the lives of these workers from contemporary sources; what they did on a daily basis, working hours and conditions and the impact of the sewing machine.


About the speaker: Adele Emm worked in television production and later taught media production. She now researches and writes full time specialising in media, social history and family history.

Adele's most  recent  book is My Ancestors Worked in Textile Mills published in 2020 by the Society of Genealogists, plus Tracing your Trade and Craftsmen Ancestors and Tracing your Female Ancestors both published by Pen and Sword. 

You can read her blog and website at:

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