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New film project seeks stories from workers in Sudbury's silk industry

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A search for stories from workers involved with Sudbury’s silk industry, both current and past employees, has been launched.

Sudbury Silk Stories is a new project funded by Babergh District Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

It will see the Offshoot Foundation team up with pupils from the town’s two secondary schools to go into Sudbury’s silk mills to film interviews.

The idea is to record and share the experiences of silk mill staff to create a short film about the industry and an archive of interviews.

Anyone interested in having their story recorded can post details in a memory box which will be installed in Sudbury Library, on Market Hill, later this month.

They can also contact the project co-ordinator to speak about their experiences in more detail via the council’s website.

Margaret Maybury, Babergh’s cabinet member for communities, said: “It is a joy for me to be able to put this project in motion, knowing some of the very talented and skilled people who are working within the silk industry.

“It is a fact that, historically, Sudbury’s reputation as a silk town is well known, but so few people are aware of just how active the industry is today. Top fashion houses, royalty and celebrities work, use and choose Sudbury silk.”

Gainsborough’s House and Sudbury Ephemera Society are to expand the project to include a resource for schools, including photos and letters about the Sudbury silk industry.


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