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About the project

In June 2001 Leicester City Museums Service and its partners successfully gained a grant from the New Opportunities Fund to develop a website celebrating the history of the East Midlands knitting industry.  The Knitting Together project commenced in December 2001 digitising objects from museum collections in the region.  This website now brings the results of that work together with a range of features that reveal the history of the industry since the sixteenth century.

Knitting Together is also part of the Spinning the Web consortium (Manchester City Council, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council).  The consortium website brings together four textile related New Opportunities Fund projects.

The Knitting Together partners include:

Leicester City Museums Service
Derby City Council
Leicestershire County Council
Nottingham City Council
The Friends of Leicester & Leicestershire Museums
The Pasold Research Fund
Belper North Mill Trust
Ruddington Framework Knitters Museum


The project has also benefited from the work and efforts of:

Professor Stanley Chapman (external historical advisor to Knitting Together)
Dr Bramwell Rudd (knitting industry historian)
Jeanette Young (volunteer)
Millie Smith (volunteer)
Fred Maio (volunteer)
Martin Green (framework knitter and volunteer)
Rhianydd Murray (knitting industry historian)
Tony Nutting (knitting machine building industry historian)
Lynda Carter and the Friends of Ruddington Framework Knitters Museum (event organisation)
Mary Smedley and the Belper Historical Society (event organisation)
Peter Clowes, Wigston Framework Knitters Museum (event support)
Bill Partridge (knitting industry historian)
Neville Hall (H J Hall Ltd)
David Jennings (T Jennings Ltd)
Cynthia Brown (East Midlands Oral History Archive)
Judy Kingscott (Nottingham Central Library)

Knitting Together is also grateful to all the individuals who have supplied books, photographs, information and support to the project.

David Orton, Project Co-ordinator
Gurdeep Sian, Project Officer
Yolanda Courtney, Project Executive, Collections and Audience Services Manager
The Knitting Together project ended in 2004.


Contact Details

The Knitting Together website is maintained by:

Leicester Arts & Museums Service
Room 2.23
Town Hall
Town Hall Square

Telephone: 0116 4543532



Terms & Conditions


All materials contained within the Knitting Together website are subject to copyright and are provided only for educational use and remain the property of Leicester City Council.  Content of this site may not be copied or reworked without the permission of Leicester City Council.  The site and its contents may not be exploited for commercial purposes, but may be used for personal educational purposes.  Permission is required from Leicester City Council for non-personal educational use of content contained with the Knitting Together website.  Users should reference the Knitting Together website as the source of the content.

While every attempt has been made to establish the correct copyright owner of images, it may be that, on occasions, an error has occurred.  If you have any further information regarding the copyright of Knitting Together images please contact the project.


The Knitting Together website is provided by Leicester City Council as an educational resource.  While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information contained within the website, Leicester City Council accepts no liability for errors or inaccuracies.  All content is provided on an 'as is' basis and no warranty is offered with regard to the website and its contents.  Leicester City Council and its employees accept no responsibility or liability for any loss or damage arising in connection with use of this site.

Links to third party sites

The Knitting Together website provides links to some third party sites.  Leicester City Council does not approve or endorse any information contained on any third party site and accepts no responsibility for this information or its content. The council therefore accepts no liability in connection with any information held on a third party site.