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Paisley Thread Mill Museum

A museum telling the story of Paisley's thread mill heritage.
Paisley Thread Mill Museum
Paisley Thread Mill Museum
Maggie Murdoch - the Factory Girl of Ferguslie.
A Paisley Story.

Watch this space ….
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The Follow the threads exhibition opens today. The picture here shows a few of the objects we have loaned to the exhibition - we were lucky enough to attend the opening last night and it’s worth a visit.
Paisley Thread Mill Museum
Paisley Thread Mill Museum
An upcoming auction of football memorabilia has some interest from the Mills of Paisley.

When Tommy Gemmell and the St Mirren team won the Scottish cup, J&P Coats gave Tommy a watch to celebrate this achievement.

The watch and other items are coming up for sale at McTear’s Auction house later this month.
Paisley Thread Mill Museum
Paisley Thread Mill Museum
#newdonation #calendar #ClarksThread

CLARK & CO. THREADS REACH TO THE SUN - AND THE OTHER SIDE OF JOHNSTONE!

A recent donation to the Museum is this wonderful 1880 Calendar from Clark & Co.
As well as a printed page for each month of the year, it also contains contemporary advertisements for a range of thread products, information about postal rates, and an insight into the history and current position of the Paisley thread industry (as at 1880).

It tells us that when Napoleon put the weaving industry into a 'fix', by cutting of supplies of silk,
".. the Grandfather and Grand Uncle of the present important ANCHOR firm" found that their supplies had come to an end and "Mr. Clark, the granduncle, hit upon the plan of using fine cotton yarn, by doubling it on the principle of rope cables."
It also informs us that Messrs. Clark & Co., (in 1880) had five mills , constantly running, thus providing employment for over 32,000 male and female workers, with an annual wage bill of over £90,000!
It presents "a wonderous fact that the quantity of yarn produced in four years is so great that if 'spliced' into one long thread - it could be run up to the sun... and hooked onto that orb."
The yearly weight of finished thread produced, 3000 tons, was sufficient to "form a procession of fully freighted lorries four miles in length - that is, a line reaching from Paisley to the other side of Johnstone."

p.s. Re the third picture (best six cord Hank Crochet). I really wanted there to be a person in the world named 'Hank Crochet' - but the nearest I could find is in the 1940 Louisiana Census, a gentleman born in Tennessee in 1883, named H.H.Crochet. I can only dream that his first name was Hank.
Paisley Thread Mill Museum
Paisley Thread Mill Museum
We are pleased to say we have some of our artefacts in this upcoming exhibition. It’s going to be a great one and it’s lovely to be a small part of it.
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