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Life on the Edge III: Nottingham Lace

Synopsis
With unemployment rising across Europe, why isn’t there more demand to learn the specialist craft skills that once brought wealth and fame to the industrial heartlands of the UK? Across the developing world, family firms are advised to cling onto niche markets and exploit their unique craft skills in today’s globalized world. But opting for a career in textiles no longer seems to appeal to British workers: Cluny Lace is the last of its kind, still making intricate and beautiful lace on old jacquard machines, but it now faces a dilemma: can East Midlands towns today find a place for the skills that made them rich? And does the lace which former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once lauded as truly British now belong on museum shelves, or designer dresses worn only by fashionable elites?
Series
Life on the Edge, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2010
Year of production
2010
Documentation
Transcript available at http://www.tve.org/lifeonline/index.cfm?aid=2042
Subjects
Social Studies; Crafts; Geography
Keywords
economic geography; industrial archaeology; manufacturing industries; textile industries; globalisation; lace making; Nottingham

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 PAL
Price
£35.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
26 minutes
Year
2011

Distributor

Name

TVE

Email
General email: tve@tve.org.uk.Sales and outreach: distribution@tve.org.uk
Web
http://tve.org/ External site opens in new window
Phone
+ 91 (11) 26 410 684
Address
46 Bloomsbury Street
London
WC1B 3QJ
Notes
TVE works with partners globally to produce films on environment and development issues, as well as health and human rights. Most of the 600 films are available for sale on DVD for educational use. Previously known as Television Trust for the Environment.

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