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Paisley Thread Mill Museum receives £5,000 from Renfrewshire CHE Fund

Paisley Thread Mill Museum has received £5,000 support from Renfrewshire’s CHE Fund to tell the story of the town's thread industry.

Paisley’s rich textile legacy is to be celebrated as part of Paisley Thread Mill Museum’s oral history project after funding was secured from Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund (CHEF) in support of Paisley's bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

Paisley Thread Mill Museum receives £5,000 from Renfrewshire CHE Fund

The £5,000 funding will help the museum complete the "A Family of Threads" project which has already secured £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Stories, Stones & Bones fund. The project aims to tell the story of the development of the thread industry in Paisley from 1722 onwards and will include visits to schools and care homes to deliver talks and curate a travelling exhibition. The project is part of Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

The Family of Threads project will enhance the knowledge of Paisley and Renfrewshire's importance in development of the Scottish thread industry, and will provide opportunities for volunteers to train and participate in research and learn oral history skills, alongside gaining practical experience in stitching, and delivering informative talks.

The travelling exhibition will provide the public with access to the ongoing research alongside the dedicated project website. Visits to schools and care homes to deliver talks on the heritage of thread making using object handling boxes will stimulate discussion among students and residents, with the accompanying oral histories project capturing memories from former employees of J & P Coats.

Commenting on the award, Stephen Clancy (Vice-chair & Historian) said: “It’s great that we have been awarded this grant and we can now push on with our outreach programme. We love where we live and know there’s so much more to discover about Paisley & Renfrewshire's thread industry. We are all really excited about telling other people about our findings and sharing our heritage and history with them.”

Steven Thomson, Creative Producer for Paisley 2021, said: “A Family of Threads project will help share Paisley’s pioneering story of how it became a global powerhouse in the textile industry by those who were an integral part of the story.

“We are pleased to be able to support the Paisley Thread Mill Museum through CHEF. The museum’s project celebrates the town’s rich history and heritage and I look forward to hearing the first-hand stories that will be captured as part of it.”

Lucy Casot, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Scotland said: “A family of threads is a fine example of HLF’s Stories, Stones and Bones programme that, thanks to National Lottery players, makes it possible for local people to choose what is important to them, what they want to save, and how they want to spread the word throughout their community.”

Paisley Thread Mill Museum is one of only four mills standing today. Opened in 2003 the museum has established itself as one of Paisley’s ‘must see’ tourist attractions. It provides an exciting visitor experience, has excellent research facilities and offers an opportunity to learn more about Paisley’s industrial and social past.