Location 4: The POD in Crowngate Centre

Location 4: The POD in the Crowngate Centre

Glove making workshop

Artist: Sarah Edwards

Celebrate the glove making process with an opportunity to make your own gloves.

HH Fact: At the peak of the glove making industry between 1790-1820 Worcester employed over 30,000 people, both men and women.


Glove making was a major industry in the City of Worcester. At its peak between the late 1700s and early 1800s, the city employed over 30,000 people working for more than 100 different companies. Skilled people were employed to do everything from the preparation of the skin to cutting out patterns & finally assembling each glove.  Even the tools used were produced locally, with both men and women taking on different parts of the making processes. Men were responsible for producing the materials and cutting them to size with women assembling gloves in their homes as ‘piece work’ which fitted around their home lives using needles, thread and later sewing machines.

Lady working at home sewing gloves on a treadle sewing machine.
Image couurtesy of Worcestershire Archives.

About Sarah Edwards

Sarah Edwards of Spare Room Arts specialises in running bespoke workshops & installations for events and festivals nationwide.

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Equal Vision CIC Ltd
Creative projects for curious people

Community Interest Company
Number: 10053841

Web Design © SJ&Co Creative