Histories of Courtaulds Ltd

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Our volunteers across the UK have been collecting stories of life in Courtauld factories to capture and celebrate the legacy of the company and it’s employees. We will add these new resources below as projects finish their research.

Courtaulds in Coventry 

This film was developed by young people in Coventry to sit alongside the Radical Drawing exhibition in 2019, celebrating the ongoing links between the Courtauld legacy and the city.

Memories from Carrickfergus

Made by volunteers in 2021, this video is about the factory at Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland which opened in 1950. At its height the factory employed up to 2,000 people, many of whom lived in the local area. It includes the personal reminiscences of some of these people – their memories of the factory, the jobs they did and the friends they made there.

Courtauld Memory Project: Braintree

For Braintree Museum’s Courtaulds: Origins, Innovation, Family exhibition, volunteers interviewed former employees of the Courtauld mills in Braintree and Halstead. These audio recordings look at daily life in the workplace and the legacy of the company in the local area.

The recordings can be listened to on the Braintree Museum website.