Factory Girls takes nostalgic trip through bright bygone work clothes at Walsall Museum

By Culture24 Reporter | 26 March 2013

Exhibition preview: Factory Girls, Walsall Museum, Walsall, until June 12 2013

A black and white photo of loads of women working in a factory
© Walsall Museum
Walsall Museum’s Hodson Shop collection, which is considered nationally significant, comes from the unsold stock of a small drapers’ shop in Wildenhall, where many local women plied their trade in the lock industry.

The overalls, pinafores and aprons they wore range from dress-like overalls during the 1920s to the cross-over pinny styles of the two subsequent decades and the nylon jackets of the 1960s and 1970s.

One number – a coat-style overall – dates from a helmet manufacturing factory during the Second World War.

And despite these garbs ostensibly abating dirt and grime, they apparently retain a “very attractive” aesthetic of bright patterns and prints, unsullied by the soot and dust of their intended environments.

  • Open 10am-5pm (4pm Saturday, closed Monday and Sunday). Admission free. Follow the museum on Twitter @WalsallMuseum.

More pictures:

A photo of a bright old dress used in a factory
A natty 1930s overall© Walsall Museum
A black and white picture of three 1940s factory workers
Factory workers during the 1930s© Walsall Museum
Latest comment: >Make a comment
More on the venues and organisations we've mentioned:
    Back to article
    Your comment:
    DISCLAIMER: Reader comments posted at www.culture24.org.uk are the opinion of the comment writer, not Culture24. Culture24 reserves the right to withdraw or withhold from publication any comments that are deemed to be hearsay or potentially libellous, or make false or unsubstantiated allegations or are deemed to be spam or unrelated to the article at which they are posted.
    Related listings (125)
    See all related listings »
    Related resources (163)
    See all related resources »