John Smedley factory visit

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I joined a number of M.Arch students from the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield yesterday for a factory visit to John Smedley Ltd in Cromford, Derbyshire.  The ‘Future Works’ studio module is led by Renata Tyszczuk and Julia Udall and is concerned with energy, industry and making. The module is also linked into the ‘Stories of Change’ AHRC funded programme. Smedley’s have been producing knitted garments here since 1784 and the site is an incredible hotch-potch of mill buildings, extensions, infills and covered courtyards. I’m hoping to work with the team on a residency type project next year.

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