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Spinning in the Era of the Spinning Wheel 1400-1800

Objective

From the introduction of the spinning wheel to England during the later Middle Ages to its eclipse by the powered spinning machine early in the nineteenth century, hand-spun yarn was vital to the success of the textile industries that dominated English manufacturing. Indeed, hand spinning of wool, flax and ultimately cotton became the principal income-generating activity pursued by women. For many of those women, it was also an essential means of furnishing their own families with textiles. Yet the history of spinning in the period has never been the subject of a major study in its own right. Spinning in the Era of the Spinning Wheel aims to rectify this anomaly. Its objective is to provide a comprehensive history of hand spinning in England between 1400 and 1800 that approaches the subject from the whole range of relevant perspectives, treating it as a practice that was at one and the same time material, technological, economic, commercial, legal, cultural, gendered, and global. This will involve an approach that is multi-disciplinary, embracing historical, literary, legal, technological and scientific approaches.

Field of science

  • /humanities/history and archaeology/history
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/textiles

Call for proposal

ERC-2009-AdG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-AG - ERC Advanced Grant

Host institution

THE UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
Address
College Lane
AL10 9AB Hatfield
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 823 150,38
Principal investigator
John Styles (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Andrée Sheehan-Evett (Ms.)

Beneficiaries (1)

THE UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 823 150,38
Address
College Lane
AL10 9AB Hatfield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Principal investigator
John Styles (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Andrée Sheehan-Evett (Ms.)