Join historian and curator Gill Crawshaw for a talk on her recent research into the life and times of James Scott, a deaf man and textiles mill worker who lived and worked in Horbury in the 19th century. Discover new understanding of the lived experience of disabled people in our past.

Also receive a copy of A Handsome Testimonial – Gill’s creative zine publication exploring James Scott’s life and wider attitudes to deaf and disabled workers in the 18th and 19th century.

“Disabled people are woven into the fabric of society. One area they played a major part in is the textile workforce of Yorkshire, which powered the defining industry of this region” – opening quote from ‘A Handsome Testimonial’ publication.

The talk will be BSL translated.

This event is part of Our Heritage, Our Stories, a 2-year project made possible thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players.

About Gill Crawshaw

Gill is interested in the intersection of disabled people’s lives with textile heritage in the north of England, as well as with contemporary textile arts. As a curator, Gill draws on her experience of disability activism to organise art exhibitions and events which highlight issues affecting disabled people.

Venue opening hours

Monday : 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday : 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday : Closed

Thursday : 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Friday : 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday : 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sunday : Closed

    Access facilities

  • Accessible Toilet
  • British Sign Language
  • Hearing Aid Loop
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Venue Details

Find us at

Westfield Road, Horbury, WF4 6HP