Mill Memories – A People’s History

witneyblanketmemoriesThe life and times of the Witney blanket workers

After three and a half years of collecting the mill workers’ stories, writing the book and finally getting it printed, I now had to turn my thoughts to selling it. I was worried I would have a pile of books sitting at home as a reminder of my folly in not being able to sell many. As always, as at every step along the way, help has come from unexpected sources.

Witney Museum offered to launch the book and have a book signing day which was held on 4th August. I was so pleased when over 75 people turned up. It was a lovely afternoon with lots of stories exchanged and a great deal of fun and laughter. Witney Museum then sold the book which was a great help to me, and also increased their footfall. The Oxford Mail and Witney Gazette ran an article on the launch which helped to spread the word.

Another wonderful offer came from the kind people at Shipton Post Office who also sold my book. They said I was the only customer who left the shop with more money than I went in with. Their strong sense of community epitomises everything a village shop should be.

Well, the first print-run sold out, more copies were ordered and the selling goes on. Witney Museum has now closed for the winter but the Blanket Hall in Witney and Shipton Post Office have copies. I can also post copies if you would like one. For further information please call me on: 07979 375 888.
Thank you everyone who contributed stories and pictures, and to those who bought the book. The feedback has been very positive and memories have been rekindled – so much so that I have been asked to do Volume 2. So here we go again…

Angela Proffitt

February – March 2020