The story of the washing machine in your city

Film brings our remarkable story of the invention of the washing machine to a new generation of young people “For centuries, the maids and walkers of the city, the artisans of the looms, the…

The story of the washing machine in your city

Film brings our remarkable story of the invention of the washing machine to a new generation of young people

“For centuries, the maids and walkers of the city, the artisans of the looms, the cooks of the kitchens, the street sweepers and shoemakers made Britain look like a shabby version of the newly prosperous cities of the rest of Europe,” wrote George William Flinders Petrie in “Notes on a General Survey of 1841”. Today, laundry machines have transformed the way we live, from the making of clothes and clean sheets to the service industry like hairdressing and barbering. But while running across the famous John Lewis Christmas adverts around the nation, more and more families are asking, “What’s the story of the washing machine?” So on Wednesday, 12 March, The Dawn of Everything brings the story of a once astonishing invention to a new generation of young people.

Previous works in Sheffield’s Museum of Sheffield’s inspired series, Taking the Ghost and the Mystery Outdoors, have brought real life stories from the city’s past to a vast audience. With each outing, we hope to engage with today’s residents, asking them to tell us about a place or event in their life that they know little about. We will put the responses to the team at the Museum who will be working with stories from Archive Sheffield and @Sandra’s Voice to put together an ambitious new film inspired by the work of Sheffield’s world-class historians.

If you have your own story to tell or part of a landscape that history has overlooked, this is your chance to be a part of the film. Please get in touch with your story to tell Sheffield you haven’t forgotten what life was like here in the 18th century.

You can share your story or share a photo or video on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #TheStoryofWashingMachine. We will use the most interesting, creative and interesting responses in the film.

About Archive Sheffield

As a non-profit partnership between Sheffield University and Arts Council England, Archive Sheffield has been working with the city’s history and heritage for over 10 years to restore, conserve and digitise a huge archive of rich and varied local history. It has provided thousands of archive objects, including recordings, documents, books, maps, photographs, sculpture, textiles, cuttings and posters, for the people of Sheffield and beyond. The archive has been used in over 300 exhibitions and events, and curated 14 world-class literary festivals. Archive Sheffield operates a hugely successful national archive phone line that provides information on a huge range of objects that are stored in the archives at 36 locations around the city. It is used by a wide range of organisations across the UK, from museums and heritage centres to councils and the police. Archive Sheffield and the Media Museum together have commissioned over 1000 projects since 2012.

There are more film and history projects from the Museum of Sheffield on the website.

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