The Framework Knitters of 150 years ago had tremendously hard lives. They were expected to work for anywhere from 12 to 16 hours a day, six days a week, in order to make enough money to feed their families. This is in stark contrast to modern day working life, with our typical ‘9 to 5’ hours, holiday leave, sick pay, and workers’ rights.
Our visitors regularly say: “We don’t know we’re born” – referencing the fact that we don’t realise how good we have it today. So, as a learning experience for myself and a fundraising opportunity for the museum, on Saturday 17th August I’ll be doing a full 14 hour shift on the frames, just as the knitters of 150 years ago did, with the aim to gain real and genuine first-hand experience of life as a framework knitter.
Matt Hamilton, Frameshop Coordinator
Can you support Matt?
Please help Matt reach his target of raising at least £1,000 for the Framework Knitters Museum! Click here to donate online today. Alternatively, you can post us a cheque (no cash in the post please!) or bring your cash or cheque donation along to the museum.
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